Nigeria’s COVID Regulations and Civic Space

Civic space implications of Nigeria’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations 2021


On January 26, 2021 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations, which grants the President powers to issue regulations to protect the health and wellbeing of Nigerians in the face of widespread and rising numbers of COVID-19 cases.

This ICNL briefer outlines the implications that the new regulations have for civic space in Nigeria, including an analysis of provisions that may fail to meet applicable human rights standards governing pandemics.