CRACKS IN THE WALL OF SOCIO-POLITICAL INTEGRATION IN NIGERIA

Ajayi Johnson Olusegun

Abstract


Abstract

Cracks in this paper refer to those inhibiting factors against the achievement of socio-political integration in Nigeria. Integration at the level of religious, ethnic, social, cultural and other vital structural forms has so much in store for the economic transformation and all round development of the country, but the various stakeholders in the polity had at one time or the other played the discordant music of division as they deem fit their primordial cleavages. Invariably, this has led to serious intractable chaos and persistent violent crises that spelt only doom for the expected unity among the various ethnic and religious groups in the country. This has created cracks in Nigeria wall of socio-political integration, these cracks are many but a few relevant ones are actually discussed in this paper such as, corruption, ethnicity, religious extremism and insecurity, through which the seeds of division and disharmony had been sown in the country. The paper concludes that the lack of “we” feeling and the concomitant altruistic predispositions has led to indignation, deep mistrust and fear that has driven in a wedge of division. Insecurity in Nigeria socio-political environment has brought about distractions and paucity of investment that can bring about rapid socio-economic development. It is only imperative; therefore, that Nigeria enhances her security and intelligence organization to contain the myriad of challenges and threats facing her. Peace and unity are very sacrosanct to the attainment of meaningful transformation and change in Nigeria.

Keyword: Nigeria, Integration, Ethnic, Religious, Cultural


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