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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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At the end of this journey it is important to summarize the results and intended influence of such a study. First it requires a certain degree of unflinching hope on the possibility of a positive future for the nation Nigeria to propose any kind of solution to the various malaise that have eaten deep into the political and mo- ral fabric of the country. Over the years, these problems have taken a turn for the worse. The quality of education keeps going down; the gap between the rich and the poor keeps increasing; the structural and the moral developments keep nose-diving. These make the hope for a better tomorrow to be far-fetched for the average Nigerian. But to say that there is no hope for Nigeria does not do justice to the powers of the human person to change his/her situation. The histories of various countries have shown that it takes a combination of factors to turn things around for good or for evil. This is why we have proposed an aggressive intellec- tual and religious training as a way to get the stone rolling. The most important impression derived from such a study is that the main problem that needs to be tackled urgently is not the unstable political platform on which the nation or confederation is built. Although a political solution is very ne- cessary, it is not the most pressing at the moment. This is because of the obvious reason that any political solution that is proffered...

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