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Recognition of religion or belief in Nigeria

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Federal Republic of Nigeria are classified terminal.

Recognition of religion or belief in Nigeria


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; at the national level, the primary means of gaining recognition is by way of legal registration.

  • Informational requirements for registration seem appropriate but will require continued monitoring to ensure they are not unduly expanded and are not misused by the state.

  • Restrictions on religious activity vary from state to state which causes significant confusion and often contradictions exist between provincial and national authorities.

  • Ongoing Islamist militancy spearheaded by groups like Boko Haram in the country have cause widespread fear in society and social discord, especially leading to inter-religious tensions.

  • A unique situation of de facto state religion has been identified as occurring in some states which has caused significant restrictions on minority religious activity.

Positive elements:

  • Nil


  • Dismantlement of the present apparatus of restrictions and policies put in place to inhibit certain forms of religious activity.

  • Establishment of a recognition system whose decisions about recognition and registration permeate nationally in order to resolve inconsistencies between states that continue to plague the country’s unity.

  • Establish a recognition agency that is able to act independent of government to manage recognition.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
Country or territory
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