Source: (2004) Paper presented at "New Frontiers in Restorative Justice: Advancing Theory and Practice", Centre for Justice and Peace Development, Massey University at Albany, New Zealand, 2-5 December.

Nigeria emerged out of 15 unbroken years of military dictatorship in 1999, and has since been grappling with critical issues of constitutional governance, rule of law, amelioration of deep-seated abuse of fundamental human and peoplexe2x80x99s rights and the challenges posed by policy thrusts that make ethno-religious and resource conflict a fact of daily life. Restorative Justice principles and practices are still fledging in Nigeria through movement is noted in the area of Legislation and advocacy work. My discussion will thus examine this new phenomenon, and how the nation can attain social stability, national security, peaceful coexistence and the respect of the value of equity, fairness and justice by deploying the best practices of restorative Justice. Abstract courtesy of the Centre for Justice and Peace Development, Massey University,