Quotes: Rule of Law safeguards Against Arbitrary Govt. – Justice Umeadi

Rule of Law

…Wikipedia, puts it that the Rule of Law is the legal principle that law should govern a nation, as opposed to being governed by arbitrary decisions of individual government officials.

Lexis Nexis, says the Rule of Law in its most basic form is the principle that no one is above the law. It is intended to be a safeguard against arbitrary governance, whether by a totalitarian leader or by mob rule.

Thus the Rule of Law is hostile both to dictatorship and to anarchy. Plato and Aristotle approved the Rule of Law, the Magna Carta of 1215 pointed to the irreversible way to go. Article 39 therein read as follows “No free man shall be taken or imprisoned or diseased or exiled or in any way destroyed, nor will we go upon him nor send upon him except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law. of the land.”

…Chief Judge of Anambra State, Hon. Justice Peter Umeadi

Culled from The Rule of Law as Foundation of Any Society – Vanguard 2016 

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