A Cognitive Approach
Section I: The Nigerian Situation
23 Chapter One Scene Setting It does not take a high intellectual acumen from any one to come to the conclusion that the Nigerian situation, as it is today, is one that is dominated by many kinds of undesired and undesirable happenings from almost all angles. This situation is easily grasped by a simple listening in to news from or about Nigeria. It is seen in the lack of sensitivity of the government to the governed, in the lack of mutual respect between the different ethnic groups or religions that make up the country, in the lack of essential commodities that make life affordable, a general feeling of anger and frustration against almost anything that represents the institution called Nigeria. In fact, the list is endless. Such pieces of information reveal vari- ous levels of decay in the body polity as well as in the general well-being of the people. But what escapes the notice of a cursory observer is the fact that such a sce- nario cannot easily be encapsulated in one or few root causes. If the root causes were few then they would most probably have been identified and dealt with. It seems obvious that the many efforts already put in place in tackling such prob- lems have failed to bear the required fruit either because the root causes of the problems have not been identified or because they are simply too complex to be given the kind of solution which many political observers have envisaged. This...
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