Entries by KnowYourRightsNigeria

My right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion (Introduction)

Introduction This right is very fundamental and inalienable. It is also considered among the oldest and most controversial rights provided for at the traditional, national and international settings. Section 38 of the 1999 constitution provides: Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion including freedom to change his religion or belief, […]

Can I manifest and propagate my religion?

Yes. Every citizen can propagate his/her religion which include the manifestation of religion in practice, worship, teaching and observance as including ceremonial acts, customs as the observance of dietary rights, the wearing of distinctive clothing, head coverings, the use of particular language customarily spoken by the group.[1] Kindly note that the right to manifest religion […]

Can churches/mosques propagate religions by establishing schools?

Section 38(3) provides: No religious community or denomination shall be prevented from providing religious instruction for pupils of that community or denomination in any place of education maintained wholly by that community or denomination. Under the provision, religious institutions are empowered to give religious instructions in schools established by them, which indirectly empowers them to […]

Since I have right to freedom of thought, religion and belief, why can’t I be a member of a secret society?

Membership of a secret court is criminalized in Nigeria. Section38(4) provides: Nothing in this section shall entitle any person to form, take part in or be a member of a secret society. The implication of the provision above is that a secret society is not regarded as a religion and does not entitle a person […]

My right to privacy (Introduction)

Introduction Privacy as a concept appears to encompass at least two different but related aspects. First it relates to the right of individuals to determine how much or what information about them is to be revealed to others. Second, it relates to the idea of autonomy, the freedom of individuals to perform or not perform […]