The Nigerian child’s rights act and rights of the disabled child: a necessity or surplusage?

Michael Akpa Ajanwachuku


The rights of the Nigerian child are set out in the Child’s Rights Act, 2003. The Act made specific provisions for the rights of the disabled child. This paper critically examines the relevance of these provisions in the light of other legislations in Nigeria. It finds that the provisions are a surplusage and counter-productive; they should therefore, be deleted.


сhild’s rights; disability; Nigeria; international instruments

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Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2010.

Law No. 89 Northern Laws of Nigeria, 1963.

The Children and Young Persons Ordinance, 1943.

Igwenyi, B.O. A Comment on the Child Rights Act. Ebonyi State University Law Journal. Vol. 1, No. 1 October 2005, pp. 159–169.

The Convention, Article XXIII (1).

Court of Appeal of Nigeria. Oloja v. Governor, Benue State. (2016). 3 NWLR (pt. 1499) 217 ratio 5.

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