406.1 Universal declaration of human rights and cultural diversity in Nigeria

Thursday, August 2, 2012: 4:15 PM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Abdul-Mumin SA'AD , Sociology and Anthropology, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria
This paper seeks to assess the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) vis-à-vis the cultural diversity in Nigeria. This will be done at the macro-level; meaning that the provisions of the UDHR will be examined as they relate to rights of Nigerians as peoples rather than as individuals. The paper will therefore begin by examining critically the extent to which the UDHR is universal and relevant to rights of Nigerians as peoples. In view of this it becomes imperative for the paper to first of all identify the genuine rights of Nigerians as culturally diverse groups. The paper will do so by locating Nigeria historically within Africa and the globe. If the identified genuine rights of Nigerians are not accounted for in the UDHR, where are they accounted for? Are they accounted for in for examples the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, 1958, or the Nigerian Constitutions? The paper will conclude with the discussion of the extent to which Nigerians enjoy the identified genuine rights of Nigerians as peoples. This will be done vis-à-vis the Nigerian political and socio-economic context of Nigeria.