Affirmative action, Nigeria.


To cope with the problems created by its multi-ethnic society, and to encourage a spirit of 'unity in diversity', successive constitutions of Nigeria have included specific provisions to promote power sharing, and to protect groups considered to be relatively disadvantaged. This paper describes three such provisions: the anti-discrimination clause, the Federal Character Principle, and the Federal Character Commission. The objectives, lessons learned, background, details and impacts of these initiatives are outlined.


Inter-Regional Inequality Facility Policy Brief 15, Overseas Development Institute, UK, 4 pp.

Affirmative action, Nigeria.

Published 1 January 2006