2019 CONFERENCE ON ISLAM IN NIGERIA

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    LAW AND RELIGIOUS CONFLICT IN NIGERIA (Download)

    Author(s):
    kareem Rasaq Akinfemi, Krakinfemi@gmail.com, +2348062820924

    Abstract: Nigeria is a country with cultural diversity as reflected in her various ethnic groups, diversity of languages and dialects plus different political views. Another perspective of this diversity is the nation's varied religious inclinations most especially African Religion, Islam and Christianity. In effect, Nigeria is a multi-religious society. There is obviously connection between the religious ideas possessed by the members of a given society and the social changes taking place in that environment. The strong communal bond emphasized in every society is the function of their religious activities. A glance at today's events will reveal the deplorable situation in this country. Everybody is a living witness to the rapid deteriorating condition of this great country. Political upheaval, economic instability, social injustice, disharmony, religious conflicts and greed are adequate descriptions of Nigeria. Consequently, several factors among which are politics, injustice, intolerance, lawlessness, religious particularity, mutual suspicion or rivalry and wrong methods of evangelization as a result of inadequate knowledge, have been responsible for religious conflicts in Nigeria. This paper examines the concept of religious conflicts, its effects on the social lives of Nigerians and the capacity of the law to regulate, curb and forestall ravaging occurrence of conflicts arising from the corridor of religions in Nigeria. This paper comes up with appropriate recommendations to achieve socio-religious harmony to engender development.