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Title:Religious factors in the Nigerian public sphere: burden and prospects
Author:Ayantayo, Jacob KehindeISNI
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:At the point of taking political decisions, religion has a way of influencing the public sphere. Using Nigeria as a case study, the author shows that a correlation exists between religious affiliation on the one hand and voting behaviour on the other; politicians in the past used possible entrenchment of the religious laws of a particular religion as a bait to secure votes; religion is brought into the election process through the use of religious rather than political language; policymakers use religion to convince the populace about the need to appreciate government policies and allow them to work. The author also argues that the exploitation of religion as an instrument to influence politics in the Nigerian public sphere may lead to interreligious conflicts and political intolerance, which is antithetical to democracy. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]