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Six Years Of The Freedom Of Information Act In Nigeria

Six Years Of The Freedom Of Information Act In Nigeria

🕔01:56, 5.Jun 2017

On 28th May, 2017, the Freedom of Information Act, FOIA, was six years old in Nigeria! It was the immediate past Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, who signed it into law on 28th May, 2011. Six years of the FOIA, many Nigerians still don’t know it exists. However, some of those who know it exists think it’s media law and therefore it doesn’t affect them. Only a small segment of the Nigerian society knows what this law is all about and is ready to use it.

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God in the Public Space and the Nigerian Constitution

God in the Public Space and the Nigerian Constitution

🕔00:02, 15.May 2017

It appears anytime we try to solve one problem in Nigeria, we end up creating more problems and leave the original problem partly solved or totally unsolved. Why did I say so? Before the 1979 Constitution of Nigeria, we have no record to say that a government or any religious group was calling or lobbying for the adoption of a particular religion as our national religion. So, why was Section 10 introduced into the 1979 Constitution for the first time in the constitutional history of Nigeria by the Constituent Assembly of 1977-78? Was it introduced to make Nigeria a secular state? Was the section squarely introduced to prevent any government from ever imposing one religion on the Nigerian people or making it a theocracy? If the latter was the intention of the drafters of the Constitution, does Section 10 also forbid spending of state funds on religious matters by any Nigerian government or state involvement in religious affairs? Was it introduced in response to the agitation to give the Sharia Court of Appeal a national recognition in our Constitution which came up for the first time during this period as opposed to the erstwhile 1963 Republican Constitution that confined the existence of the Court to the Northern region?

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The Indivisibility of Nigeria, the Biafra Agitation, and the Law

The Indivisibility of Nigeria, the Biafra Agitation, and the Law

🕔02:22, 8.May 2017

Since independence in 1960, no section of the country has agitated for separate existence more than the Igbos, but they were not the first ethnic group to make such demand. Isaac Adaka Boro, an Ijaw man, led a sizeable number of his Ijaw people to wage war against the government of Nigeria when the late General Aguiyi Ironsi, an Igbo, was the Head of State. He did this in order to carve out an independent republic for the Ijaw people of the Niger Delta. His troops were defeated and Boro, along with some of his lieutenants, was tried and convicted of treason.

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Let’s Plea Bargain All Crimes

Let’s Plea Bargain All Crimes

🕔04:18, 1.May 2017

How many will believe that my nephew and I were recently at a Police Station over a mere irregularity noticed in his car’s papers and none of the Police Officers, about 10 of them, that attended to us on that day had heard about the Administration of Criminal Justice Act before? My nephew was asked to make a statement, after I insisted that we would not give them the N10, 000 that they had demanded to release us and forget the case.

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