Nigeria is a heterogeneous state comprising of various ethnic groups and this was one of the main reasons why the Nigerian (constitution) Order in Council 1951, No. 47 of 1951 and Public Notice No. 118 of 1951 gave birth to the federal structure in Nigeria, but in a bid to sustain this federal system we have promulgated certain laws and directives, which were laudable at the time of implementation. We have failed to comprehend that some of this laws and directives do not fit into our legal, social and political society and are counterproductive when practiced now. This article looks methodically at the implementation of the federal character principle, its impact on the right to discrimination and merit and also the recent ruling of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to that effect.

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