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Affirmative action, Nigeria

Briefing/policy papers

The anti-discrimination clause in the constitution requires that no citizen of a particular community, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion is subject to disabilities, restrictions, privileges or advantages to which other citizens are not subject. The Federal Character Principle requires that there is no predominance of persons from a few states or from a few ethnic groups in the government or any of its agencies. The Federal Character Commission enforces compliance with the Federal Character Principle, and in particular establishes, monitors and enforces an equitable formula for the distribution of employment in the public services across the 36 states in the country.

Jibrin Ibrahim