International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Human Rights under the Nigerian Constitution: Issues and Problems
Jacob Abiodun Dada

Human rights have enjoyed tremendous attention and expansion at the global level. To concretize and energise human rights protection at national level, virtually all national constitutions embody human rights either in their preamble or substantive provisions. In Nigeria, human rights are embodied in two separate chapters, encapsulating both the civil and political rights and the economic, social and cultural rights. This paper undertakes a critical content analysis of the provisions of human rights in the 1999 Nigerian Constitution. It raises pertinent issues and problems in some provisions which negate and undermine human rights goal and jurisprudence. It argues against the retention of the identified provisions and set a roadmap for reforms.

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