The Islamic Principles on National Integration in Nigeria for Sustainable Development

Abstract

Nigeria holds political and economic prominence in Africa. A major oil producer with a population of more than 200 million and more than 250 ethnic groups, Nigeria is home to millions of Muslims, Christians and adherents of indigenous religions. In the recent time the country is threatened by insecurity mainly, caused by some religious extremists such as Boko Haram, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), bandits, religious crises etc. Social divisions have remained a key challenge in the country and ethnic tensions which are mostly politically fueled have remained real. Social cohesion and National integration have therefore become an area of interest both at government and civic levels because of its necessity and importance. It is within this context that this paper aims to examine the principles laid by Islamic Religion on social cohesion and national integration. Descriptive and analytical methods were adopted for the study. The research findings reveal that Islam as a religion has some principles that are relevant to national integration such as brotherhood, goodness to neighbor, religious tolerance, justice, etc. The paper suggests that peace to be taught in society for the realization of a society free of violence, cultural and religious pluralism should be accepted, interactions and friendships between people with different religions, tribes and cultures should be pursued.

Presenters

Dr. Yunusa Aliyu
Senior Lecturer, Islamic Studies Department, Faculty of Humanities, Sule Lamido University, Jigawa, Nigeria

Details

Presentation Type

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Theme

Religious Community and Socialization

KEYWORDS

ISLAM, NATIONAL, INTEGRATION, PRINCIPLES, PEACE, SOCIETY

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