The long period of military rule in Nigeria was characterized by lack of respect for the human rights of citizens. The reinstatement of democracy in 1999 was viewed as a milestone in Nigeria’s stride towards respect for human rights. Unfortunately, democracy as it is practiced in Nigeria has not improved respect for human rights. ‘This necessitates the r=: why has human rights violation persisted ill Nigeria in spite of democratic rule? This paper identifies three reasons why human rights violations persist in the fourth republic.

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