Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Fundamental Rights: Chapter IV (Four) of Nigeria’s Constitution

[1 Chapter, 12 rights, 14 Sections, 45 sub-sections, 3,750 words]

The constitution is the most important document in Nigeria. It contains the most valuable information of, for, and about the country. Like a novel, the constitution is divided into 8 chapters. In its 4th chapter are provisions that are considered the most fundamental because they affect the existence and the rights of every Nigerian, not only because they are citizens but also because they are human beings.

As the most important chapter in the most important document of the country, don’t you think every Nigerian deserves to know and understand these rights (including being taught, shared, discussed and developed)? A survey has revealed that only 7 to 8.5% of Nigerians are aware of the provisions in this chapter of the constitution.[1] Surprisingly also, the knowledge and fulfillment of these fundamental rights by law enforcements is not significantly different from that of the general populace.

So for the first time since the 29th of May 1999 (when the current Nigerian Constitution came into force), there will finally be an opportunity to bridge the knowledge and access gap when it comes to the application of this chapter: The fundamental human rights provision in the constitution. Adapted by fellow citizens for other citizens, Law2Go is leveraging on the growth in the use of technology to improve access and understanding of human rights laws, legal advise and other legal services, in both creative and adaptable ways such as simplification, translation into indigenous languages and also providing audio versions of these constitutional provisions.

[1] Survey carried out in 2016 by NGO: Lawyers League for Minorities in Nigeria.