Section 38 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

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. (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.


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