At the first colloquium of Epiphany Azinge Foundation held remaining week in Abuja, the convener of the programme and former Director General, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Professor Epiphany Azinge, described the continuous discrimination against ladies by gender as an anomaly.
Titled, “Women traditional inheritance in Nigeria: Breaking the Barriers of Gender Discrimination,” the roundtable added together felony luminaries, gender enthusiasts and participants of the academia to chart a way ahead. Some of them encompass the Dean of law faculty, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Professor Joy Ezeilo; Chief James Onoja (SAN); Professor Nnamdi Aduba, Chief Rita Garuba as well as Mrs. Onikepo Braithwaite. Also at the occasion was the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, Mr. Tony Ojukwu.
In their diverse contributions, the visitors decried the massive hole between judicial pronouncements and real exercise, mainly at the rural areas. Citing the Supreme Court judgment among Ukeje and Ukeje, Professor Azinge blamed the gap among provisions of regulation and their implementations or enforcement on the shortage of recognition.
Azinge maintained that it was an anomaly for girls to be discriminated towards within the 21st century in spite of several international conventions against such practices. Speaking at the motivation for the roundtable dialogue on gender discrimination, the Professor stated that he has come to remember that the pronouncements of the Supreme Court on Ukeje and Ukeje seemed to have complied with the provision of Section forty-two of the Constitution, but the project has remained the software or implementation of the pronouncements.
Recall that within the lot quoted Ukeje vs Ukeje matter, the Supreme Court had in its judgment, invoked the provisions of Section 42(1)(a) and (2) of the Constitution in quashing the unknown Igbo commonplace law that disentitles a woman toddler from partaking within the sharing of her deceased father’s property.
Section 42 (2) of the 1999 Constitution gives that citizen of Nigeria of a specific network, ethnic organization, vicinity or foundation, intercourse, religion, political opinion shall now not, by way of cause handiest that he’s such someone shall be subjected either expressly by or inside the sensible application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any govt or administrative motion of the government, to disabilities or regulations to which residents of Nigeria of different communities, ethnic companies, places or foundation, intercourse, religion or political opinion aren’t made problem.
It held similarly that “no citizen of Nigeria will be subjected to any disability or deprivation simply with the aid of motive of the circumstances of his start.”Given the above, Prof. Azinge felt that it has grown to be imperative to have interaction in an attention creation that could bring about trade in mindset through village elders and traditional institutions who are custodians of subculture and some of the dangerous practices in opposition to ladies.
He said: “The law in paper and the law in the movement are two various things. We want to begin the sensitization and advocacy that would deliver the judgment or pronouncement toward the humans.“We also want to attract to the moral sense of the people at the rural villages and get the elders and traditional authorities to comprehend that we’ve moved on as a people in terms of the pronouncements of the court docket and that we must start converting our mindset.
“Again, it was another possibility for humans to understand that despite the fact that it isn’t always possible for the traditional establishments and those to apply the provisions of the regulation of Ukeje and Ukeje, they can as well seek alternative approach of resolving the problem, which encompass both settling their daughters while they’re alive or with the aid of writing a Will that they recognize can be complied with or adhered to at loss of life.”
He held that it’s far anachronistic and repugnant for Nigerians to stay to consider that a female baby isn’t equal or at in keeping with the male baby.“We have seen them do better in lots of ways, academically and profession wise, and increasingly more, we are given that maximum of our judges are girls, and we can’t preserve to relegate them.
“But once more, it’s for a task to the womenfolk to try to upward push up and make their marks in any such manner that when this sort of count number comes before them as a female judges, they know what to do, due to the fact if judges who are girls can upward thrust up and guard their very own, I believe we can make progress.
“More importantly, mothers need to additionally upward push as much as the obligation because in most of those moves, if the moms do now not assert their government, their husbands will in no way get to understand that they’re not doing the right thing. “The judiciary has carried out its paintings; it’s miles now left for the society to peers how they can paintings toward making use of Supreme Court’s pronouncements on in the case of Ukeje vs. Ukeje,” Azinge stated.