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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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The Purpose of the Work A lot of ink has been poured into investigations, essays and surveys aimed at finding solutions to the many problems that confront our modern era. In the re- ligious realm some of these problems include secularization, individualization, relativism and terrorism. While the first three elements seem to relate to the effect of the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century AD, the last mentioned element seems to be a contra reaction to the above three. Hence, while secularization and the enlightenment movement appear to relegate religion to the background and extol the principles of privatization and relativism of the elements of faith, terro- rism seems to be a product of a very strong dependence on religion and the use of religion to achieve a lot of ends, political ends included. Since the events of 9/11 in the USA, the war on terrorism has formed a central focus of world politics while at the same time laying bare the unpleasant truth that religion still remains a force that could be harnessed either for good or for evil. If the happenings on 9/11 reflect a global trend, then the many pockets of terrorist attacks in many countries of the globe bear some local dimensions to this attack. This fact has always been recalcitrant in world history as early as humans came into existence. One only needs to peruse the Scriptures of some religions to see how religion has always been used as an instrument to conquer and to control....

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