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Wanted: A new constitution for Nigeria

The amending of Nigeria’s Constitution has engaged Nigerians of all shades of opinion over the years. It was a major preoccupation of the Sixth Assembly (2003-2007). It is a major issue among political parties, university teachers, students, the professions, civil society. On her part, the Nigerian Bar Association considered it so important that she set up a Committee to review the document.

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Are N/Asssembly Resolutions binding on the Executive?

Recently, there has been a ruckus about whether or not, the resolutions of the National Assembly are binding on the Executive, headed by the President. There are protagonists and antagonists. Still, others navigated a middle ground, (albeit subscribing to the “turn the other cheek” doctrine), stating that although the resolutions are not binding, the President ought to adhere to them for the smooth and efficient running of government.

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Understanding Human Rights Law in Nigeria(3)

Another ray of hope is the right which citizens have to approach the High Courts when any of these provisions has been, is being, or is likely to be contravened in relation to them under Section 46. But one may ask, how soon does a litigant obtain judgment? Have all citizens the muscle (financially and otherwise) to follow up such rights to its enforcement?

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