Constitution: Meaning, Qualities and Importance of Constitution

len Alfred Ajibola - Tue, 16th April, 2019 @ 12:49

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Academic Questions in Government

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The absence of government in a country or state is referred to as _____.

  • A. chaos
  • B. doom
  • C. oligarchy
  • D. autocracy
  • E. anarchy
  • F. meritocracy

The definition of democracy as "Government of the people, by the people and for the people" is a concept of _____.

  • A. John F. Kennedy
  • B. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • C. Aristotle
  • D. George W. Bush
  • E. Kamala Harris
  • F. Abraham Lincoln

A form of government where the wealthy rule the people is known as _____.

  • A. plutocracy
  • B. timocracy
  • C. technocracy
  • D. meritocracy
  • E. richocracy
  • F. autocracy

Which of the following countries isn't a result of the disintegration of the Soviet Union (USSR)?

  • A. Malta
  • B. Latvia
  • C. Moldova
  • D. Estonia
  • E. Georgia
  • F. Uzbekistan

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Meaning of Constitution:

No one is above the constitution, even the president. The government can only act in accordance to the powers granted them by the constitution. All the citizens of a country are to live by the rules in the constitution which can be written or unwritten.

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The constitution determines how powers should be distributed and exercised among the various organs of government and those over whom such powers will be exercised.

It also contains the fundamental human rights of the citizens within a country.

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Ultimately, the constitution is the supreme and fundamental law of a country or state.

With regards to the above introduction, we can deduce the followings concerning the constitution:

  • The constitution is the supreme law in a country, nation or state.
  • The constitution specifies how the nation or state should be governed.
  • The constitution gives power to the different organs of the government, for example, the executive, judiciary and legislature.
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  • The constitution consists of all the fundamental human rights of the people.

Juxtaposing the above points, below is a definition for the term constitution:

Constitution is a supreme law that specifies the government of a nation, the distribution of powers to the different organs of government within that nation and the fundamental rights of all her citizens.

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Qualities of a Constitution

  1. It is neither too rigid nor too flexible.
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  2. It accounts for the rule of law, de-centralization of power, an independent Judiciary system and processes of election transparency.
  3. It accounts for the fundament human rights of the people.
  4. It allocates power to the different arms of government.
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  5. It must uphold the people’s sovereignty.
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  6. It is written systematically.


Importance of Constitution

  1. It upholds the people’s sovereignty.
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  2. It protects the citizen’s fundamental human rights.
  3. It governs the citizens of a nation; as no one is above the constitution.
    Please read on Civic Responsibility and (Who is a Citizen?) here.
  4. It provides a means of separation of powers.
  5. It projects the goals of a nation.

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Amazing facts in Government


Anarchy is one of the forms of government. Ironically, it is the absence of government in a society, country or state.

An instance of anarchy occurred in Somalia in 1991 after a dictator name Said Barre was overthrown. This made Somalia disintegrate into fractions with local warlords imposing their authority over their land/area.

Other forms of government includes:

  1. Oligarchy
  2. Colonialism
  3. Monarchy
  4. Communism
  5. Federalism
  6. Dictatorship
  7. Democracy
  8. Meritocracy
  9. Autocracy
  10. Aristocracy 

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Democracy is a form of government where the power of choosing a leader is vested on the people. It represents a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

According to Abrahim Lincoln,

Democracy means government of the people, by the people and for the people.

In democracy, the citizens have the rights to vote and be voted for. The citizens are mandated to choose their preferred candidate by voting for them through their political party. In fact, this voting process is considered as one of the civic responsibility of every citizen.

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NOTE: No one is above the rule of law in the democratic system. If the election outcome does not reflect the mandate of the people, a court of competent jurisdiction can nullify such election.

Democracy is practiced in countries like Nigeria, United States of America, India and South Africa.