You don’t need a degree in economics to appreciate the importance of land to the survival of a people. Land is one of the essential factors of production and is the direct source for wealth creation.
In the precolonial times, most areas of Nigeria were agrarian communities. This meant that land was the essential means for the people to survive.
The native laws of the different peoples that inhabited Nigeria regulated Nigerian land law in this period. In most parts of the North, Islamic Law regulated land law. In the South, ethnic customary law took prevalence.
All this changed with the advent of colonialism. In contemporary Nigeria, the Land Tenure system is a jumbled mix of the English Common Law, statutes and customary law. Continue reading “What are the Sources of Nigerian Land Law?”