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  • Government Lesson: Separation of Powers a.k.a Checks and Balances


    Inyang Umoh (tutor)
    26-02-2016 06:46:00 +0000

    In an earlier post I talked about the 3 branches of government. This lesson is focused on why the government is separated in the first place.

    History is filled with examples of tyrants, dictators, kings and other rules that have had so much power that they could impose their will on the people of their nation. To combat this problem, the idea was to prevent one person (or a very small group of people) from having all the power. If one branch attempts to do something that is illegal, the other branch will "check" them. For example, if the legislature passed a law to take away rights that are guaranteed in the constitution, the Judiciary can strike down the law.

    Therefore the goal of having powers separated among 3 branches is to create checks and balances.

    Can you think of any examples of one branch checking the other in recent Nigerian history?

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  • Abe Billions

    legislature checking the Executive

    0 26-02-2016 06:49:00 +0000

  • Oluwatobifemi

    judiciary checking legislature

    0 26-02-2016 07:20:00 +0000

  • kusade gbenga

    @ ogudu u are slightly wrong why did I say so.1;the executive organ of government tend to have the full control of the legislative organ and even the judiciary.

    0 26-02-2016 07:28:00 +0000

  • Abe Billions


    0 26-02-2016 07:35:00 +0000

  • Hipolite Sunny


    0 26-02-2016 08:24:00 +0000

  • Hipolite Sunny

    Executive check legislative

    0 26-02-2016 08:29:00 +0000

  • Prince Ty

    gbenga you are wrong the executive do not have absolute power the executive can be checked balance by the executive and legislative

    0 26-02-2016 08:42:00 +0000

  • Prince Ty

    I mean judiciary and legislative

    0 26-02-2016 08:43:00 +0000

  • idongesit etim

    the judiciary checks d executive

    0 26-02-2016 08:58:00 +0000

  • Toheeb Olaniyan

    @bgenga this is federalism no arm of government is superior to each other. they do check balance the work of one another

    0 26-02-2016 11:22:00 +0000