by Chukwuanu Okoli
Security of lives and property is key to preserving the tenets of the State, the absence of which could result in State failure. The contemporary State gained traction from the social Contract Theory, to prevent “anarchy” in the Hobbesian State of Nature where life was solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. Social Contract Theory which centres on curbing anarchy in society ensures the enforcement of law and order.
There is common parlance that “every household in Nigeria is its local government”, upon providing water (borehole), power (generating set/solar), and security (dogs, paid security staff). Households perform duties which in saner climes should be the sole responsibility of the State.
What is, therefore, the rationale for submitting one’s right to a sovereign, when one’s life is continually at the mercy of bandits, kidnappers, road accidents (bad roads), and terrorists?