Aspect of Intellectual Freedom in Nigeria: Status, problems and remedies.

Doris Ufuoma Aghoghovwia
Keywords: Reorienting mindsets, Democracy, Beliefs, Human right, Intellectual freedom, Informed citizenry.
Tropical Journal of Education 2019 1(1/2), 60-65. Published: March 4, 2020


Abstract

There is a copious understanding which states that no individual or nation can grow above his/her level of awareness. Nigeria is indeed the giant of Africa, but whether her level of intellectual developmental proviso viz a viz the opinions of the individual members of the society can be considered one of the freest amongst nations, is a crucial subject of discuss. It took half a century from her independence for the freedom of Information Act to be enacted. But even years after,its level of adoption, is still a far cry. It is evident that accessing information from parastatals and agencies of the Government is near impossibility. Aside the recalcitrant nature of government officials in divulging information to her citizen, there abound other factors that censor information. These are namely the government, religious, corporate, moral censorship as well as influence of parents, obscenity and gender related issues. This paper proves there is a corresponding relationship between intellectual freedom and level of development of a country. The role played by the American Library Association ALA in technological stride of America and China respectively was highlighted. The Nigerian counterpart was backed to assume similar role for her nation. Librarians were however cautioned to exercise restrain so as not to allow their belief or those of the authors or publishers to influence or lead to rejection of any material or books in their library shelves.