Post-Authoritarianism, Truth-Seeking and the Judicial Accountability-Gap: Lessons from Nigeria

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Yusuf, H.O 2023. Post-Authoritarianism, Truth-Seeking and the Judicial Accountability-Gap: Lessons from Nigeria. in: Ibhawoh, B., Ayelazuno, J. A. and Bawa, S. (ed.) Truth Commissions and State-Building Montreal McGill-Queen's University Press. pp. 208-236
AuthorsYusuf, H.O
EditorsIbhawoh, B., Ayelazuno, J. A. and Bawa, S.
Abstract

While it has been recognized that the judiciary plays an important role in contemporary governance,1 the judiciary’s accountability for its role in authoritarian polities remains a largely elided issue in transitional justice arrangements, designed as part of the efforts to build democratic states. The role of the judiciary in Nigeria’s truncated
experience of truth seeking draws attention to the need for accountability for its role in post-authoritarian societies and potential pitfalls inherent in the continued lack of focus on the issue in transitional contexts. As a matter of policy, the purview of the truth-seeking process, as a transitional justice mechanism, ought to be extended to scrutiny of the judiciary’s role as a key organ of the state and a key component of state building.

KeywordsTruth Commissions; State-Building; Transitional Justice; Africa; Judicial Accountability
Page range208-236
Year2023
Book titleTruth Commissions and State-Building
PublisherMcGill-Queen's University Press
Place of publicationMontreal
ISBN9780228018995
Web address (URL)https://www.mqup.ca/truth-commissions-and-state-building-products-9780228018995.php?page_id=73&
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