Source: African Journal of International and Comparative Law
Ijeoma Nwachukwu, “The Challenge of Local Citizenship for Human Rights in Nigeria”, African Journal of International and Comparative Law, September 2005 Volume 13, Issue 2, Page 235-261
Access to “citizenship” – the guarantee of rights between an individual and a state – and the rights associated with citizenship have always been hotly contested. Ancient Greek warriors and peasants, Roman patricians and plebeians, fought violent battles to define and redefine citizenship. There was never a long period where the institution was static. In countless states in the contemporary moment – Canada, Sri Lanka, states of the former U.S.S.R etc – individuals and groups strive for a guarantee of the state’s commitment to its “obligation to protect” them. Although these are vastly distant struggles, both spatially and ideologically, citizenship is a common denominator in discussions of their particular issues.
Link to journal website: The Challenge of Local Citizenship for Human Rights in Nigeria.