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Colonial And Post-Colonial Human Rights Violations In Nigeria, Alka Jauhari Jan 2011

Colonial And Post-Colonial Human Rights Violations In Nigeria, Alka Jauhari

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Nigeria has a long history of violation of human rights. It is commonly believed that human rights violations in Nigeria have colonial roots. In an effort to consolidate and expand their power, the British colonial masters grossly violated the rights of the people in Nigeria. But even 50 years after independence, the Nigerian citizens continue to face constant violations of their basic rights. After independence, Nigeria has experienced a mix of periods of military and civilian rule. The military rule in Nigeria became a symbol of complete authoritarianism. After every military coup, the government suspended the constitution and, thus, absolved ...