Section 38 of the Nigerian Constitution
Section 38 of the constitution of Nigeria is about Right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion of the people of the country. It is under Chapter IV (Fundamental Rights) of the constitution. Section 38 has four subsections.
- (1) Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom
to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or
in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and
(2) No person attending any place of education shall be required to receive religious
instruction or to take part in or attend any religious ceremony or observance if such
instruction ceremony or observance relates to a religion other than his own, or
religion not approved by his parent or guardian.
(3) No religious community or denomination shall be prevented from providing
religious instruction for pupils of that community or denomination in any place of
education maintained wholly by that community or denomination.
(4) Nothing in this section shall entitle any person to form, take part in the activity or
be a member of a secret society.
Inioluwa Olaposi is a Law student at Obafemi Awolowo Universities, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Before LawHub NG, he started publishing law-related posts on his former multi-niche website.