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NIGERIA AND THE CHALLENGES OF NATIONAL UNITY

Yıl 2020, Cilt 6, Sayı 16, 54 - 65, 10.09.2020
https://doi.org/10.18768/ijaedu.616007

Öz

The task of unifying the various ethnic, religious, political and socio-economic groupings in Nigeria has remained a daunting national challenge more than hundred years after amalgamation in 1914. This is particularly puzzling considering that all government regimes since independence in 1960 have made national unity their important agenda. Concomitant programmes, policies and mantras including institutionalization of the federal character principle, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), unity schools, national symbols, National Orientation Agency (NOA), and mantras such as “the unity of the nation is not negotiable”, among others, have been adopted to facilitate national unity in Nigeria. Yet the gap between the various groupings seems wider as the nation is still plagued with ethnic rivalry, religious intolerance, political exclusion, quest for self-determination, power sharing and violent agitations, to mention a few. This paper explored the challenges of national unity in Nigeria after one hundred years of existence. Employing the Choice theory, documentary data sources and qualitative data analysis, the paper contends that the challenges to national unity in Nigeria appear to persist because of the manipulations of political, ethnic and religious elites due to pecuniary gains and enduring rivalry over the control of state power. The result showed that unity remains a scarce commodity in Nigeria because of the manner elites conceived and implement policies to reinforce primordial loyalties. As a result, government policies and projects are narrowly conceived and implemented to favour selected groups and communities. This heightens disagreements and controversies among the diverse peoples and communities, threatening the nation’s existence and development.

Kaynakça

  • Mazrui, A. (1983), Cultural Engineering and Nation-building in East Africa, North-Western University Press, Evanston
  • Ikelegbe, A. (1995), Politics and government: An introductory and comparative analysis. Benin City: Uri Publishers.

Yıl 2020, Cilt 6, Sayı 16, 54 - 65, 10.09.2020
https://doi.org/10.18768/ijaedu.616007

Öz

Kaynakça

  • Mazrui, A. (1983), Cultural Engineering and Nation-building in East Africa, North-Western University Press, Evanston
  • Ikelegbe, A. (1995), Politics and government: An introductory and comparative analysis. Benin City: Uri Publishers.

Ayrıntılar

Birincil Dil İngilizce
Konular Eğitim, Eğitim Araştırmaları
Bölüm Makaleler
Yazarlar

Uche Eme UCHE Bu kişi benim
Evangel University
Nigeria


Chigozie OKONKWO Bu kişi benim
University of Nigeria
Nigeria


Aniefiok Sunday PETER Bu kişi benim
Evangel University
Nigeria

Yayımlanma Tarihi 10 Eylül 2020
Başvuru Tarihi 9 Mart 2020
Kabul Tarihi 14 Mayıs 2020
Yayınlandığı Sayı Yıl 2020, Cilt 6, Sayı 16

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EndNote %0 International E-Journal of Advances in Education NIGERIA AND THE CHALLENGES OF NATIONAL UNITY %A Uche Eme Uche , Chigozie Okonkwo , Aniefiok Sunday Peter %T NIGERIA AND THE CHALLENGES OF NATIONAL UNITY %D 2020 %J IJAEDU- International E-Journal of Advances in Education %P 2411-1821-2411-1821 %V 6 %N 16 %R doi: 10.18768/ijaedu.616007 %U 10.18768/ijaedu.616007

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