Nigerian 1999 Constitution as amended is made available for all Nigerians for FREE. This book defines the government, boundaries and other agencies of the government.
What is Constitution?
“In public law, The organic and fundamental law of a nation or state, which may be written or unwritten, establishing the character and conception of Its government, laying the basic principles to which its internal life is to be conformed, organizing the government, and regulating, distributing, and limiting the functions of its different departments, and prescribing the extent and manner of the exercise of sovereign powers. In a more general sense, any fundamental or important law or edict; as the Novel Constitutions of Justinian; the Constitutions of Clarendon” Law Dictionary
This interactive soft-copy of the Nigerian Constitution is a copy of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Using the 1999 Nigerian constitution as the baseline, the change log of the subsequent constitutional amendments will be more meaningful, and therefore better appreciated or analyzed.
In preparing this edition, no deliberate attempt was made to alter, edit or modify the original source copy. Any variation(s) between this interactive version and the original hard copy should be considered to be error of typography, in which case the content of the original hard-copy of the 1999 Nigerian constitution takes precedence.
The major objective of this interactive version is to present the constitution, in an electronic format that is easily accessible for free, easy to navigate and a pleasure to read, all of which are aimed at increasing the constitution literacy level of the Nigerian populace.
To navigate to any section of the constitution, click on the section’s title in the table of content, and when done, use the “back to top” link down every page to return to the table of contents.
This free download: 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) is designed and made available for free so that every Nigerian citizen understands the scope and operation of government.
It also gives you a perfect understanding of your rights.
Nigerian Constitution is important because it protects individual freedom,and its fundamental principles of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Nigerian 1999 Constitution places the government’s power in the hands of the citizens. It limits the power of the government and establishes a system of checks and balances.
- The primary function of a constitution is to lay out the basic structure of the government according to which the people are to be governed. It is the constitution of a Nigeria, which establishes the three main organs of the government, namely, the legislature, executive and judiciary.
- The constitution of Nigeria not only defines the powers allotted to each of the three main organs, but it also significantly makes a clear demarcation of the responsibilities assigned to each of them. It effectively regulates the relationship between these organs as well as the relationship between the government and its people.
- Since the 1999 Nigerian Constitution stands superior to all the laws framed within the territorial precincts of the Nigeria, any law enacted by the ruling government has to be in conformity with the concerned constitution. As such, the citizens would, in turn, be abiding by not just the law, but also working in sync with the demarcations of the constitution laid by the country.
- Nigerian constitution does not simply provide a recipe for an efficient government, but also deals with limitations on power. Since power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, a constitution is established to restrict the abuse of power by those who conduct governmental functions.
- The 1999 Nigerian Constitution lays down the national goals which form the basic edifice on which the nation rests upon.
- Nigerian Constitution, besides thrusting on the rights of Nigerians, also has embedded in it the duties that the citizens require to adhere to as well.