• 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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