Vol. 5, Issue 1 (2019)
Executive implementation of directive principles of state policy in Nigeria: Lessons from Indian
Author(s): Dr. LO Nwauzi, Dr. GO Akolokwu
Abstract: The Directive Principles of State Policy in the Constitution of India and the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 are framed as a set of obligations upon the State, however, both also suffer the same faith as the two Constitutions render them judicially unenforceable. Notwithstanding the non justiciability of the said provisions in the Constitutions of the two countries, the same Constitutions also commanded the various organs of Government in the two countries to observe, apply and conform to the provisions on Directive Principles of State Policy. This article highlighted some sections of the said Constitutions and discussed to what extent, the Executive arm or organ of the two countries has implemented the relevant provisions of the constitutions on Directive Principles as directed or commanded. The paper concluded that Nigeria has much to learn from India being also the country where Nigeria borrowed this idea.