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Title:Religion and national rebirth: the Nigerian experience: an introductory lecture
Author:Abogunrin, S. OyinISNI
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
political stability
Abstract:Since its promising beginnings as an independent nation in 1960, Nigeria has become caught up in a downwards spiral of corruption and poverty, the one feeding the other. Despite its enormous natural wealth, the economy of the country is shattered with 95 per cent of the people living in poverty and politicians thinking only of their own power and enrichment. The political and concomitant social decline is mirrored in social instability indicated by such phenomena as the explosive growth of sects. Thirty years ago there may have been one or two, now there are at least 150. Organized crime is the biggest business, far outstripping the government. In this lecture, which was given as an introduction to the conference 'Religion and National Rebirth: The Nigerian Experience', held at the University of Ibadan in 2001, the author throws the full weight of his support behind the campaign for National Rebirth, launched by the president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Having delineated the problems, he makes some concrete recommendations for improving the situation, including spending 25 per cent of the national budget on education. [ASC Leiden abstract]