Religions in Nigeria

  • Terwase Gabriel Ngbea Department of Christian Religious Studies, Federal University of Lafia
Keywords: ATR, Christianity, islam, Religion, The Nigerian State

Abstract

Discussions on religion in Nigeria always begin with references to the history of
Christian-Muslim relations. In recent decades, religion has become an important
factor, both in public debate and as a means of political mobilization. As a multiethnic
and multi-religious country, Nigeria is a pluralistic society with African
Traditional Religion, Christianity and Islam as its three main religions. She is
among the most religious countries in the world. Officially, Nigeria is a secular
state with freedom of religion guaranteed in the 1999 Constitution. Nigeria seeks
to maintain some forms of neutrality on religious matters, but religion continues to
cast an ominous shadow on the governance of the country. This paper examines the
undue romance between the Nigerian state and Religion which has caused more
harm than good. Among others, the paper recommends that there is urgent need
for the Nigerian government to maintain a neutral posture with regard to all
religions in Nigeria. The methodology adapted in this paper is historical and
phenomenological, with data collected from secondary sources and analysed
qualitatively.

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