Section 17 & 18 – Know Your Constitution: Part 1

The 1999 Constitution SECTION 17 (1) The State social order is founded on ideals of Freedom, Equality and Justice. (Nigeria’s order is built on thoughts of Freedom, Equality and Justice.)  SECTION 17 (2) In furtherance of the social order- (To push this order-)  SECTION 17 (2) (a) every citizen shall have equality of rights, obligations…

Section 16 – Know Your Constitution: Part 1

The 1999 Constitution Section 16 (1) The State shall, within the context of the ideals and objectives for which provisions are made in this Constitution.  (This means that Nigeria should give meaning to the provisions of this Constitution by;) Section 16 (1) (a) harness the resources of the nation and promote national prosperity and an…

Know Your Constitution: Part 1

The 1999 Constitution  SECTION 15 (1) (1) The motto of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress. (Nigeria’s motto is UNITY and FAITH, PEACE and PROGRESS) SECTION 15 (2) Accordingly, national integration shall be actively promoted whilst discrimination on the grounds of place of origin, circumstance of birth, sex,…

Know Your Constitution: Part 1

The 1999 Constitution CHAPTER II – FUNDAMENTAL OBJECTIVES AND DIRECTIVE PRINCIPLES OF STATE POLICY SECTION 13 It shall be the duty and responsibility of all organs of government and of all authorities and persons, exercising legislative, executive or judicial powers to conform to, observe and apply the provisions of this Chapter. (This means that all…

Know Your Constitution: Part 1

The 1999 Constitution SECTION 11(1) The National Assembly may make laws for the Federation or any part therefore with respect to the maintenance and securing of public safety and public order and providing, maintaining and securing of such supplies and service as may be designed by the National Assembly as essential supplies and services.  (The…

Know Your Constitution: Part 1

The 1999 Constitution SECTION 9 (1) The National Assembly may, subject to the provision of this section, alter any of the provisions of this Constitution.  (This simply means that unless the Constitution gives the go-ahead, the National Assembly CANNOT alter any section in this Constitution.) SECTION 9 (2) An Act of the National Assembly for…

Know Your Constitution: Part 1

The 1999 Constitution SECTION 8 (1) An Act of the National Assembly for the purpose of creating a new State shall only be passed if-  (A new State can only be created if) (a) a request, supported by at least two-thirds majority of members (representing the area demanding the creation of the new State) in…

Know Your Constitution: Part 1

The 1999 Constitution SECTION 7(1) The system of local government by democratically elected local government councils is under this Constitution guaranteed; and accordingly, the Government of every State shall, subject to section 8 of this Constitution, ensure their existence under a Law which provides for the establishment, structure, composition, finance and functions of such councils. …

Know Your Constitution: Part 1

The 1999 Constitution SECTION 6 (1): The judicial powers of the Federation shall be vested in the courts to which this section relates, being courts established for the Federation. (The judicial powers of Nigeria (relating to the courts) shall be in the Courts that serve Nigeria e.g. the Federal High Courts, the National Industrial Courts,…