Journal of Research in Peace, Gender and Development

Journal Research in Peace, Gender and Development (JRPGD) Vol. 4(4) pp. 70-79, July, 2014 . DOI: http:/dx.doi.org/10.14303/jrpgd.2014.014. Copyright © 2014 International Research Journals             

 

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Enhancing lasting religious peace and harmony in the Northern Nigeria

Owolabi Jacob Awoju

Department of Christian Theology, School of Arts And Social Sciences, National Open University of Nigeria, 14/16 Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos.

E-mail: jowolabi@noun.edu.ng; Tel: 234-805-818-9527

Received March 7, 2014; Accepted March 21, 2014

Abstract            

 

The search for religious tolerance in the Northern Nigeria has become paramount to the inhabitants  of the area owing to religious violence that had engulfed the region for several years now. The paper examined some of the religious riots that took place in the region.  The paper suggests measures that could be instituted in order to put an end to it. The researcher used historical method to collect the data for the paper. This is because the work is based on historical issues about the various violent that took place in the Northern Nigeria. The paper aims at searching for the possible ways that will enhance lasting religious peace and harmony in the Northern Nigeria. The paper recommend the followings: Religion leaders in the Northern Nigeria need to place more Emphasis on the area of theological agreement rather than dwell on divisive religious issues that cause religious unrest in the area. Government should hand off from the religious issues in the area and allow religionists to take care of their affairs. Nigerian Armed Forces need be at alert always in order to avert the future plan of the religious Militants that causes religion unrest in the area. Every inhabitant in the area should be vigilant and be alert to report any suspected evil planner that wants to cause violent in the area to the Nigeria Armed Forces on time. Immediate action should be taken by the forces to avert the evil plan. Youths in the Northern Nigeria should be empowered with self –employment skills that will enable them earn their living in the area. Government should sanction leaders and other religionists who allow religious riot to take place in his domain in the Northern Nigeria. Reporters need not incite religionists against one another whenever religious riot occurs in the area. This paper asserts that if the above measure or steps are considered and implemented by the religionist, traditional rulers, Armed Forces and the Three Tiers of Governments in Nigeria, peace, love, unity, co –existence and harmony will be restored in the Northern Nigeria forever.

Keywords: Northern Nigeria, Frequent cases of religious violent, Religionists  Need  religious tenets, Frequent Dialogue, Skills for self –empowerment, Citizens vigilant, Government hand off religion matters, co- existence and peace reigns.

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