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John Rawls’ original position: a model for socio-political retooling of Nigeria

Agha Eresia-Eke

Abstract


The life prospects of all in society are, in part, determined by the socio-political situation in currency. It is, therefore, pertinent that the basic structure of society should be organized on a fair set of principles allowing for social justice. Nigeria, however, riddled with issues of large scale corruption, ethnicity, constitution and the like, is far from operating a just polity. Considering the foregoing, there is need for a proper retooling of the social arrangement in Nigeria based on an agreed upon concept of justice through a framework of the people. The 2014 National Conference is one inaugurated to address the foregoing, but with a somewhat awkward arrangement. It is the intention of this research to address the preceding through an analysis of John Rawls's idea of Original Position, arguing that an adoption of the principles of Justice as Fairness for Nigeria‟s polity through a rightly approached national conference will serve as panacea for the foregoing. Using content analysis technique, this work employs the analysis of documents as a method of library research, and significant of correcting said ills within the Nigerian polity if adopted as national philosophy.




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