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Appraising the Nigerian Problem Through Education and Religious Dialogue

A Cognitive Approach


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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An understanding of the problems and the conflicts which bedevil a particular country or continent requires a deep appraisal of the historical givens and the immediate happenings that give this country or continent its particular shape. Only when such an understanding is achieved can any endeavour at an adequate and lasting solution to these problems be undertaking. This is in recognition of the fact that those who do not know their history tend to repeat it. Although the repetition of history is nothing intrinsically bad but the repetition of negative history calls for concern. The contemporary experience of many modern African nations bears witness to a crude repetition of negative history. Reports of wars, terrorist activities, ran- dom destruction of lives and property seem to be a daily routine in this continent that has often been described as the cradle of humankind. These reports range from the almost eternal pockets of war in Congo, the genocide in Rwanda, the human catastrophe in Dafur, to the recent uprisings in the northern African coun- tries like Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. The immediate effect of these conflicts is an increasing level of poverty, leading to various forms of inhuman situations. It has reached and embarrassing situation that pictures of starving African children always appear as symbols of hunger and sickness in placards meant to elicit the humanitarian feelings of foreign donor nations. As the years roll by, one begins to get the impression that this cycle of poverty and conflict is intractable. However,...

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