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Beijing Law Review, 2019, 10, 1-9
        ISSN Online: 2159-4635
        ISSN Print: 2159-4627

Enforcement of Fundamental Rights in Nigeria

and the Unsolved Issue of Poverty among the

Citizens: An Appraisal

Igwe  Onyebuchi   Igwe, Matthew   Enya Nwocha,   Amaramiro A.   Steve

Faculty of Law, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria
Email: nwochaenyaeni@gmail.com

How to cite this paper: Igwe, I. 0., Nwo-
cha, M. E., & Steve, A. A. (2019). Enforce-
ment of Fundamental Rights in Nigeria and
the Unsolved Issue of Poverty among the
Citizens: An Appraisal. BeiiingLawReview,
10, 1-9.
httlps://doi.org/ 10.4236/blr.20 19.101001

Received: November 21, 2018
Accepted: January 14,2019
Published: January 17, 2019

Copyright 0 2019 by author(s) and
Scientific Research Publishing Inc.
This work is licensed under the Creative
Commons Attribution International
License (CC BY 4.0).


For long time now, there have been intense debates among scholars and legal
practitioners on the value of fundamental rights provisions in Nigerian laws
to citizens who are impoverished on one hand by wide margin of classes in
Nigeria and on the other hand because of the Nigeria's economy. In search
for answer to above debates, this paper sets to carry out a surgical diagnosis
on the place of poverty in the enforcement of fundamental rights in Nigeria.
The research method is doctrinally and conceptually utilized the provisions of
national and international legal instruments, decisions of courts as well as
contributions of scholars in books and journals to evaluate and analyze the
subject matter. The paper discovered that poverty among most Nigerians has
posed anti-clock movement on the enforcement of fundamental rights in Ni-
geria. It was based on this that we made our recommendations which include
the making of socio-economic rights justiciable in Nigerian courts.


Rights, Poverty, Citizen, Justiciable, Legal Aid

1. Introduction

Over the years, successive democratic governments in Nigeria have continued to
include in their political manifestoes the burning issues of respect for human
rights and improve standard of living among Nigerians. Despite regimes of
campaign promises, poverty among Nigerians keeps widening while enforce-
ment of fundamental rights appears to be on graphical retrogression. One fun-
damental issue that needs to straighten is that the provisions of fundamental
rights under Nigerian laws which have remained mythical in the face of the ina-

DOI: 10.4236/blr.2019.101001 Jan. 17, 2019


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