of the law maker is to distil what is good in each point of view and to join them intoan amalgam for the good of society. However to have a grasp of the meaning of lawin society, it is my view that it is only the functions of law and indeed its operationwithin any society that really reveals such meaning.The law as an instrument of social control performs some indispensible functionsin society. Some of these functions are discussed below.
Law is the foundation of social order.
Law is normative in character in that itserves, and is meant to serve as a guide for human behaviour and obedience to law isultimately secured by the use of force. Deviant behaviour is suppressed through thelaw; right and not might, become the true basis of society and disputes are settled onthe basis of legal right. “Without this institutionalized means of settling disputethrough the judiciary, citizens who have grievances against fellow citizens will haveto resort to brute force to settle them; villages will rise against villages; communitiesagainst communities; towns against towns; tribes against tribes and mayhem willhave free reign and rule the day. It will be anarchy and brute force par excellence.”
In other words, the institution of law represents a channel through which the citizenswho have grievances can ventilate such grievance and hope on getting some form of restitution.
Amucheazi E., The Judiciary and Democracy in Nigeria, Abuja: National Orientation Agency, 1998) p.13