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Nigerian Constitution Section 38: Right to Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion [Fundamental Rights – Nigerian Law]

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Section 38: Right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion

The fundamental right (human right) to freedom of thought, conscience and religion is enshrined in section 38 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999:

Section 38: Right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion

38. (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 observance.

(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 a 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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Nigerian Constitution Section 38: Right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion

Nigerian Constitution 1999 Chapter IV: Fundamental Rights (Section 33, Section 34, Section 35, Section 36, Section 37, Section 38, Section 39, Section 40, Section 41, Section 42, Section 43, Section 44, Section 45, Section 46)

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