PROBLEMS OF NATIONAL INTEGRATION IN NIGERIA

Muhammad, Abdulrasheed Alada (2008)

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Nigeria emerged at independence in 1960 as a plural society which essentially derives from the fusion of various ethno-cultural groups under an oversearching national entity created by the departing colonial government. The coming together of these diverse elements, however, came with the challenge of integrating them into a stable national entity where commitment to the nation will supersede primordial ties and interests. This paper examines the challenges vis-a-vis the institutional and constitutional mechanisms put in place by successive Nigerian governments to achieve national integration. It concludes that while Nigeria's integration problems stem from its colonial experience, accentuated by excesses 'of the political class, attitudinal change and re orientation of the people towards imbibing the values of national consciousness and cohesion lie at the root of resolving

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