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AN ANALYSIS OF CUSTOMARY LAW IN RELATION TO SOCIAL AND MORAL VALUES IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIA THE CASE OF NSUKKA TOWN


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ABSTRACT

This study is the result of the researcher`s aspiration and desire to save the intrinsic social and moral values of Nsukka Customary Laws from total extinction especially in the context of the received English laws.  It therefore sought to collate and document Nsukka Customary Laws with the subsequent implications that the cherished customary law reform in Nigeria, should no longer be subject to the repugnancy, validity and compatibility tests. To carry out the study, some research questions were used.  The result of the study, documented the legal framework for Nsukka Native Laws and Customs and the justification of those laws and customs with respect to land and matrimonial cases under the received English Laws.  Based on these findings, it is recommended that there should be reformation of customary laws that would eventually lead to its enactment as the basic laws of the land. My research methodology involved qualitative phenomenological approach and data collected from both primary and secondary sources were analytically and descriptively treated. Socially, Nsukka people usually come into contact in their day-to-day dealings with several people.Their interactions with one another ramifies humbleness, love and considerations for the interests of other people, and these relationship guided by the norms of the town, has encouraged the gradual orderly development of the town.

Customary law ethics of the town has helped Nsukka people to contradict disorder, conflict and chaos.  Kindness, mercy, peace and harmony forms the basis of our relationships.  Our social and moral values form a discernible variable upon hence their rapid viable transformation as portrayed by the result of this research work. Based on the findings and results obtained, the researcher conceived the knowledge and workability of customary alternative to conflict resolution, prevention and good governance and the veracity of the detected tests for confirmation of our norms and values irrespective of cultural disparity with respect to the received English Law. The result of this research harnessed the position of the customary laws with particular reference to the Land Use Act and equally analyzed the essentials of customary law with respect to matrimonial relation which positively restrained discrimination of slaves in marriage, child and gay marriage in Nsukka customary law.which orderliness and regulated behavior of Nsukka people are informed,


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