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Title:Religious factors in the Nigerian public sphere: burdens and prospects
Author:Ayantayo, Jacob KehindeISNI
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:The main thrust of this paper is that religious factors in the Nigerian public sphere have not received much scholarly attention. This is the gap the paper fills as it highlights religious factors in the Nigerian public sphere, which are exemplified in the spiritualization of politics, in particular elections, the interpretation of political manifestos, voting patterns, the choice of candidates and party leadership, oath swearing into office, and the design and execution of political policy. Attention is also paid to the implications for the promotion of political ethics and ideologies. Data obtained from interviews with randomly selected political functionaries along with political historical documents are analysed and discussed within the ambit of functional theory of religion. Having examined the burdens and prospects inherent in the discourse, the paper recommends ways of making religion a continuous veritable tool for promoting good governance in Nigeria. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]