NIGERIA AND THE PROBLEM OF ACCOUNTABILITY
Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
It is true that every word has its own separate and distinct meaning; it is also true that a word may be redefined or its meaning reinvented by the accepted usage in a particular locality. This is why it is not surprising that most people would refer to all brands of noodles as ‘indomie’, regardless of the names of specific brands. However, I am concerned not with the different varieties of noodles, but with the word ‘accountability’ and the variance between the original meaning and the Nigerian customary or conventional definition.
The English word, ‘accountable’ simply means “to be called to be responsible for one’s actions; answerability”. Accountability is frequently referred to as an account-giving relationship existing between two parties. In governance, accountability is blame-worthiness and responsibility.
It is only conventional and customary that in a society, people in positions of authority or those in privileged positions are held accountable for their actions, in an effort to prevent chaos and disorder. These people, whether selected or elected, are expected to be answerable for their actions.
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