The War against Opposition and Militarization of Nigeria’s Electoral Process

Recent developments in the Nigerian political landscape have fuelled beliefs that there is an increasing militarization of governance that stifles opposition parties despite Nigeria’s democratic system. Critics point to the recent impeachment of the former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, and the resignation of his Deputy Bala James Ngillari from office on the grounds of gross misconduct. There were concerns that these grounds stemmed…

Examining the State of the Pending Electoral Act Amendments

Elections are key to any democracy. Among others, elections are utilized to check the government’s response to the will and aspiration of its people and provide an alternative for the transfer of power where such aspirations are not met. In Nigeria, electoral provisions are contained in the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) However as all human laws and institutions…

A CRITIQUE OF THE HIV AND AIDS DISCRIMINATION BILL

Every human has a right to earn a living and to social participation through work. This is encapsulated in Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR) to which Nigeria is signatory. This right is also listed as an objective in the Millennium Development Goals. More specifically, the International Labour Organisation’s (ILOs) conventions…