Some Social and Religious Perspectives on the Nigerian Crisis
Chapter 6. A Unifying Ideology for Nigeria
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A UNIFYING IDEOLOGY FOR NIGERIA
What nation can hope to prosper without a unifying ideology? In the ancient world, when the Roman Empire was in decline, Emperor Constantine sought a unifying factor. Unable to find one in politics, he turned to religion. At that time, the Christian church had a well-organized structure. Seeing Christianity as a center of unity, among other things, Constantine adopted it as the state religion. His motive was more political than religious. Constantine wanted to unify the vast Roman Empire. He understood that a united empire would stand but a divided empire would fall.
The United States of America provides an example from the modern world. Americans, of course, have their differences. There is, for instance, a vast gulf between the Democrats and the Republicans as evidenced by the disagreement over legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014 that caused the United States Federal Government to shut down from October 1 through 16, 2013. Like Nigeria, America is a multiethnic society. But over and above party lines and ethnicity, Americans have a common dream. They call it the “American Dream,” a term invented by James Truslow Adams (1878–1949), an American writer and historian. He described the American Dream as follows:
← 75 | 76 → That of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is not a dream of motor...
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