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Title:Bridging the peace gap in Nigeria: the Panel of the Wise as a constitutional essential
Author:Jegede, Ademola OluborodeISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Law (ISSN 1464-3731)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:constitutional law
conflict resolution
Abstract:Since Nigeria's return to democratic governance in 1999, violent conflicts around identities including religion, ethnicity, indigene / settler differentiation and resource control remain a challenge to peace. Thus far, government responses lack a normative framework to motivate consistent intervention and foster peace. While Nigeria's 1999 Constitution identifies peace as a common aspiration, there is a lack of a non-adversarial institutional mechanism to address violent conflicts related to identity. Despite its limited relevance, the visible institution for conflict management is the court. This article argues for the need to establish a panel of the wise, a conflict and peace intervention mechanism, as an 'essential' element of the Nigerian Constitution. It then explores key considerations regarding the proposed panel, in terms of its composition, functions and legal status to intervene in the management of violent conflicts associated with identity and fostering peace in Nigeria. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]