To a layman, the mention of law is a simultaneous reference to crime. The perception of law as relating to control of offense underscores the importance attached to creating a system that protects the rights of the oppressed in society. Increasingly, a need has arisen for a radical revolution particularly in our justice system. Like most of our institutions, one understands the several existing challenges. However, in the case of the legal system, the issues have a cyclic effect on other social institutions. The problems of delay in dispensation of justice, prolonged incarceration of accused persons under the pretence of awaiting prosecutor’s advice or even the disturbing allegations against the supposed custodians of law and order are few of the challenges ravaging the system.
It is an open secret that there is a need for a thorough review of the laws and procedures in all places of the world. One begins to wonder how a society which claims to have at its disposal, sophisticated technological tools of advancement has failed to excel at understanding the essence of humanity. We are constantly reminded of our failure as a people with the increasing gap in human communication created by the use of our “priceless” sophisticated devices.
The world has become a hostile place. We now have fewer friends, with more devices in place of human beings. We demand justice at dawn and injustice when the tides turn. Today, we fill our newspaper headlines with stories of terrorists plotting to destroy our cities, the next we are detonating bombs in other people’s cities. We pride ourselves as being species of higher intelligence, yet, our neighbours feel unsafe and intimidated.
We need to begin to work towards a peaceful society collectively. The type where people do not need to undress before being allowed into countries. We must propagate equal access to justice and access to opportunities whether wealthy or impoverished. We must collectively make deliberate and consistent efforts to make a positive impact. After all, we are the revolution that we desire.
By Tosho M.
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