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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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Introduction ..................................................................................................... 17 The Purpose of the Work ................................................................................. 17 Section I: The Nigerian Situation Chapter One Scene Setting ................................................................................................... 23 1.1 Nigeria and its Peoples .............................................................................. 24 1.2 The Creation of Nigeria ............................................................................. 26 1.3 A Hopeful Beginning ............................................................................... 29 Chapter Two Statement of the Problem ................................................................................. 31 2.1 Nigeria: A Case of Security Dilemma ...................................................... 31 2.1.1 From Security Dilemma to Security Problem ................................ 36 2.1.2 The Nigeria-Biafra War .................................................................. 40 2.1.3 After the War .................................................................................. 41 2.1.4 Return to Democracy ...................................................................... 42 2.2 The Socio-Economic Situation ................................................................. 43 2.2.1 Some Response to Increasing Poverty ........................................... 52 2.3 The Religious Landscape .......................................................................... 54 2.3.1 The Jihad of Usman Dan Fodio ...................................................... 56 2.3.2 The Rise of Christianity ................................................................. 57 2.3.3 Religion under the British Regime ................................................. 58 2.3.4 Recent Developments ..................................................................... 60 2.3.5 Dialogue Between Christianity and Islam? .................................... 65 2.4 Conclusion ................................................................................................. 66 Section II: Education and Religion in Nigeria Chapter Three Education and Religion .................................................................................... 71 3.1 Historical Development of the Concept of Education .............................. 72 3.2 Dimensions of Learning ........................................................................... 76 14 3.3 What is Religion? ...................................................................................... 77 3.4 Four Dimensions of Religion .................................................................... 79 3.5 What is Religious Education? ................................................................... 81 3.6 Religious Education and Ethical Formation ............................................. 82 3.7 Epochs of Religious Formation ................................................................ 85 3.8 Conclusion ................................................................................................. 87 Chapter Four Education in Nigeria vs. Alternative Models of Teaching .............................. 89 4.1 Early History of Nigeria’s Education ........................................................ 89 4.2 Western Education and the Nigerian Society ........................................... 92 4.3 Western Education: Regional Statistics .................................................... 95 4.4 An Attempt at Reformation of the System ............................................... 96 4.5 The Quality of Education in Nigeria ........................................................ 99 4.5.1 Low Quality in the Pre-Independent Era ....................................... 99 4.5.2 Low Quality in Recent Times ......................................................... 101...

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