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Appraising the Nigerian Problem Through Education and Religious Dialogue

A Cognitive Approach

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Rowland Onyenali

The book tries to trace the origin of today’s Nigeria. The foundation that produced it was based on faulty principles, which came about due to the fact that both the imperial Lords and the indigenous founding fathers had no clear vision of the nature the new nation should take. The fact that many tribes, tongues and beliefs were unsystematically coerced to form this unwilling alliance added much strain to the feeble chains of unity. Every effort made to address this situation has failed so far. The author shows failures in the political, economic and religious arena while arguing that the development of the mental faculties of the Nigerian youth is the only viable option towards success. This development can only come about through comprehensive education, not based on the acquisition of paper qualifications but on the development of the entire person as an entity.

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This work was undertaken as part of my endeavour to understand the almost intractable dilemma that the Nigerian nation has plunged itself into. Done under the purview of education, specialized in the field of religious education, under the guidance of Professor Hans-Georg Ziebertz of the Seat of pedagogy of the Ju- lius-Maximilian University in Wüzburg, this work would not have been possible without the support of some individuals. First and foremost is Professor Ziebertz, who not only moderated the work but also agreed to write a preface to it. The en- couragement I received from him and the prompt response to my worries within the two year duration of my studies with him are recommendable. From him, I have learnt tremendous pedagogic virtues. Also numerous fellow students at the University of Würzburg were helpful towards the sustenance of both the tempo and the sharpness of this research. Though I do not intend mentioning their names, I will not fail to name just three, viz. Rev. Fr. Dr. Edwin Udoye, with whom I studied together, Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Onyemere, cmf and Rev. Fr. Dr. Aloysius Ndiukwu, who proofread the manu- script. Thanks a million times. My biological and spiritual families, as well as numerous friends and well wishers, were also instrumental to the success of this research. All the things we shared together, both the temporal and spiritual goods, have all been incor- porated into the formation of the thoughts that are reflected in this little research work. My...

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