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Title:Religion and economic development in Nigeria
Author:Adogame, AfeISNI
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic History
Geographic term:Nigeria
economic conditions
Abstract:Religion is one of the many factors impacting on the economic patterns of a society. The connection between religion and economy in Nigeria is manifest in the role of organized religion as an employer and as the owner of property and provider of social facilities, such as health care and education. Religious ideas contribute to social values and personal attitudes which motivate general forms of economic behaviour. Religion on occasion also stimulates consumption and therefore in a sense economic growth. Religion may also explicitly endorse certain economic or business activities. Religion strives to alleviate some of Nigeria's socioeconomic problems, providing medical and social services and raising funds for the needy. Moreover, the Churches in Nigeria are not afraid to challenge many of the social and economic evils of the day and to criticize the government and its policies. Apart from its positive impact, religion has also had disastrous effects on the Nigerian economy, in the form of religious disturbances and the violence which arose in the wake of the resurgence of the sharia question. Religion tends to respond to economic change and the rapid proliferation of religious institutions in Nigeria today is correlated in many respects with the development of new economic patterns. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]