Introduction to the Nigerian Constitution
Welcome to the Nigerian Constitution (Constitution of Nigeria) website!
The current Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Nigerian Constitution) was promulgated by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Promulgation) Decree 1999 No. 24 and it came into force on 5 May 1999. It restored democracy in Nigeria, following several military interventions between 1984 and 1999 that suspended the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1979 relating to the supremacy of the Nigerian Constitution and democratic structures and institutions. As originally enacted (i.e. before its amendments), the Nigerian Constitution had 320 sections divided into 8 parts, and 7 schedules. The Nigerian Constitution is the supreme law of Nigeria and the grundnorm in the Kelsenian positive-legal sense.
Nigerian Constitution Website
This website, Constitution of Nigeria, presents the Nigerian Constitution (including news highlights and discussion relating to the Constitution) in a format that is easy to navigate from the Catalogue on top of the right sidebar of every webpage. Simply select any resource you are interested in, and it will be displayed accordingly. The sections of the Nigerian Constitution are still being added, and we hope to conclude the project soonest. Thank you so much for visiting the Constitution of Nigeria website. Do check back to see the progress of work on your Constitution of Nigeria website.
Preamble to the Nigerian Constitution
WE THE PEOPLE of the Federal Republic of Nigeria:
HAVING firmly and solemnly resolved:
TO LIVE in unity and harmony as one indivisible and indissoluble Sovereign Nation under God dedicated to the promotion of inter-African solidarity, world peace, international co-operation and understanding:
AND TO PROVIDE for a Constitution for the purpose of promoting the good government and welfare of all persons in our country on the principles of Freedom, Equality and Justice, and for the purpose of consolidating the Unity of our people:
DO HEREBY MAKE, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES the following Constitution:
Section 1: Supremacy of the Nigerian Constitution
1. (1) This Constitution is supreme and its provisions shall have binding force on all authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
(2) The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall any person or group of persons take control of the Government of Nigeria or any part thereof, except in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.
(3) If any other law is inconsistent with the provisions of this Constitution, this Constitution shall prevail, and that other law shall to the extent of the inconsistency be void.
Fundamental Rights in the Nigerian Constitution
Section 33: Right to life Section 34: Right to dignity of human person Section 35: Right to personal liberty Section 36: Right to fair hearing Section 37: Right to private and family life Section 38: Right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion Section 39: Right to freedom of expression and the press Section 40: Right to peaceful assembly and association Section 41: Right to freedom of movement Section 42: Right to freedom from discrimination Section 43: Right to acquire and own immovable property anywhere in Nigeria.