Know Your Right Series(Part 3b) We Are All In This Together

Know Your Right Series(Part 3b) We Are All In This Together

Know Your Right Series(Part 3b) We Are All In This Together!

By Ogheneare Fejiro 

We’ll be continuing from where we stopped in the last part of this series. In the last part we introduced the all-important Right to freedom from discrimination. We decided that based on the breadth of its scope, we will delineate it into three sub-parts. In the last article we treated the first sub-part, in todays article, we’ll be treating the second sub-part and the exposition will border on the application of this Right.

The application of this is very crucial in understanding how you can enforce this right, if you ever feel that it has been breached. To understand its application, let us foray a bit into the Nigerian Constitution. It says in Section 42 (2) that no citizen of Nigeria shall be discriminated against on the basis of the circumstances of their birth.

This provision of the Constitution makes us understand that the Right to freedom from discrimination is applicable to all classes of persons, from the infant to the aged, from the imprisoned to the free. Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to freedom from discrimination. It’s a generally applicable right, and for that reason, every citizen can enforce this right in the event that their Right is being breached or circumscribed unlawfully.

I really hope that this knowledge will stir many of us up to begin to take cognizance of our constitutionally granted Right to freedom from discrimination and seek to enforce it where need be. To that end, I will be eclipsing this series with an article and a video on how to enforce our Fundamental Rights. Stay tuned with the series so you don’t miss out. Till next time.

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