Section 42 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

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Section 42 of the Nigerian Constitution

Section 42 of the constitution of Nigeria is about Right to freedom from discrimination. It is under Chapter IV (Fundamental Rights) of the constitution. Section 42 has three subsections.

  1. (1) A citizen of Nigeria of a particular community, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or
    political opinion shall not, by reason only that he is such a person:-
    (a) be subjected either expressly by, or in the
    practical application of, any law in force in
    Nigeria or any executive or administrative action
    of the government, to disabilities or restrictions to
    which citizens of Nigeria of other communities,
    ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religions or
    political opinions are not made subject; or
    (b) be accorded either expressly by, or in the
    practical application of, any law in force in
    Nigeria or any such executive or administrative
    action, any privilege or advantage that is not
    accorded to citizens of Nigeria of other
    communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex,
    religions or political opinions.

    (2) No citizen of Nigeria shall be subjected to any disability or deprivation merely by
    reason of the circumstances of his birth.

    (3) Nothing in subsection (1) of this section shall invalidate any law by reason only
    that the law imposes restrictions with respect to the appointment of any person to any
    office under the State or as a member of the armed forces of the Federation or
    member of the Nigeria Police Forces or to an office in the service of a body,
    corporate established directly by any law in force in Nigeria.

See also: Section 39 of Nigerian constitution (Right to freedom of expression and the press)

Credit:https://publicofficialsfinancialdisclosure.worldbank.org/sites/fdl/files/assets/law-library-files/Nigeria_Constitution_1999_en.pdf

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