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Tolerance in multi-religious society for national security: the Nigerian experience

Oluwasegun Peter Aluko

Abstract


In Nigeria, there are three main religions recognised by the people; Christianity, Islam and the Indigenous religion. These religions have differences that have brought about unrest as the tolerance level has got to a point of polarity. The various unrests have led to national insecurity of the country. The paper examined the various religious differences that permeate the lives of Nigerians. However, no matter the differences, it does not negate the fact that there are many other apparent similarities that bring these religions together. These similarities, when put into consideration can bring about the much needed tolerance and understanding. It also looked at the ways the religious writings have supported tolerance with other religions for the peace and security of the nation. The paper found out that tolerance among religious faiths is a major factor in achieving national security in the country. It concluded that no religion should see itself as being superior to another; there is only one Goal, but there are various paths to such a goal. The study employed both primary and secondary sources of data. The primary source includes the Bible and the Qur’an while the secondary source includes books, journal articles and the Internet. The data collected were analysed using sociological approach.

Keywords: National Security, Multi-Religious, Tolerance, Understanding




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