I think this is a serious topic that needs to be talked about.
In Nigeria, the constitution is the number one law of the land, and it supersedes and trump’s down every other law in Nigeria. What this means in simple terms is that even if the constitution is wrong, and the law contradicting the constitution is right, the constitution will still be applied strictly notwithstanding.
“The Constitution of Nigeria is the supreme law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Nigeria has had a series of constitutions. The current constitution was enacted on 29 May 1999, inaugurating the Nigerian Fourth Republic (With 1st, 2nd and Third Alterations or Amendments).”
According to this Supreme Law of our land, everyone has freedom of religion. This Freedom is guaranteed in a part of it called SECTION 38. You can also call it the 38th Law of Nigeria as a Sovereign Nation and Republic. This section says:
“Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief.”
From the above, the 38th Law of our land states that anyone who is a “person” is entitled to their freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including the right to change their religion if they want or so desire.
Now, who is a “person” in Nigeria?
We will now move to the number one Law or Act in Nigeria that explains terms and words of law in Nigeria. It is called “INTERPRETATIONS ACT”, properly quoted as Interpretation Act – CAP I23 L.F.N. 2004.
According to this Interpretation Act, a “Person = includes any body of persons corporate or un-incorporate.”
Un-incorporate here simply refers to people mainly, among other things i don’t want to bother you about.
But before one can be a person under “un-incorporate” above, they must be a Nigerian citizen.
A child born to parents who are citizens of Nigeria therefore is a person within the definition above. As a person under this definition, the child is automatically guaranteed the Freedom stated in the number one Supreme Law of the Land, The Constitution.
The legal real age of consent in Nigeria is 18yrs. This age is contained in The Number One Law of the Land guiding the rights of a Nigerian child called “Child Rights Act”. This law protecting the rights of a Nigerian child states in Section 31(3) (a) of the Child’s Rights Act, 2003 states that:
“Where a person is charged with an offence (of unlawful sexual relations with a child) under this section (31 of the same act), it is immaterial that the offender believed the person to be of or above the age of eighteen years.”
From the above Law, we can see that the age of consent of a child is 18yrs (note that this law applies differently for persons in the armed forces).
So far, we have stated what the law of the land stipulated with regards to who a person is and we have confirmed that a child is a person in Nigeria. As a person in Nigeria, the child is therefore guaranteed his right to choose to believe or venture into any religion of his choice. The child is also guaranteed to form their own thoughts about religion without interference or influence from anyone.
With this in mind, using your influence as the child’s caregiver or guardian to lure the child into your personal choice of religion is a violation of that child’s right to their freedom of thought and religion. The Law of the Land stipulates that every child can only be exposed to religion at the age of 18yrs which is the age of consent.
This simply means that any religious act, baptism, induction, thanksgiving, etc, engaged in with or on behalf of the child is a violation of the child’s right to his thought and religion. It’s not for you as a parent or guardian to decide what religion is good for your child. By engaging in such act, you are simply forcing your world view on the child, and that is a violation of the child’s right to freedom of thought.
Whatever you may be thinking right now, remember that i didn’t make the Laws. Unfortunately, most children are abused by their guardians and parents, and forced to accept religious beliefs and views because the guardians or caregivers are feeding or caring for the child. The law of the land says this is wrong, an outright abuse and violation equal to rape, but more violent and brutal; a mental rape. Children should make religious choices of their own will or volition when they reach the age of consent.
In summary, every religious act you did for or on behalf of your child is a violation of his freedom of thought and religion because the child never gave consent. Knowing better or being the child’s parents or guardian is not the issue. The violation and violent mental invasive rape lies in the fact that the child didn’t consent to your religious or non-religious imposition.