Hello my Nigerian family! Here is a platform to discuss libertarian principles and figure out how they can be made applicable in Nigeria.
Let's talk about the proper role of the government in our country, rule of law, individual liberty, drug policy reforms, free markets, property rights...
What is a free society? What should be the proper role of the government in a free society? Can Nigeria be termed as a 'free society'?
For me a free society is one in which every individual has the three basic rights which are, Economic right, freedom of movement and Freedom of speech and that individual performs these rights without causing any harm to others or restriction of the rights of others.
The role of Governance in a free society is simply to provide adequate security to lives and property
People today believe that free-market economy is a lawless free-for-all, in which people can do what they want, regardless of consequences for others. But the truth is, the no-harm principle still prevails. And there is a framework of law, which covers the acquisition, ownership and exchange of property, people’s right over their own labour, and the enforceability of contracts. Nigerian government should restrict itself to its fundamental roles – provision of security; protection of property; and ensuring justice through sound legal systems. It is imperative to note that the energy of the market economy is not smothered by excessive regulations and controls. But the basic rules of property, exchange and contract allow people to cooperate, however they choose, for mutual benefit, on a basis of trust, confidence and security. That can encourage greater economic cooperation in Nigeria and multiplies the many benefits that stem from it.
Nigeria is a free society, most especially freedom of information. But there are still loop holes in the constitution that gives room for lapses. The law makers need to do more concerning the constitution amendment in order to make Nigeria a better and safe place to live.
Nigeria cannot be regarded as a free country. Although, relative to a lot of countries in Africa, it is free. But according to the recently published Freedom In The World Report by Freedom House, Nigeria is a partly free country and only 18 countries in Africa are classified as free. There is obviously a need for serious advocacy aimed at emphasizing the proper role of government and the promotion of the institutions that constitute a free society.