A Climate of Fear: Violence and Strategies for Peace in Nigeria

Dr. Julius O. Adekunle
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Ethnic conflicts, religious violence, and incessant clashes over the control of economic resources have significantly weakened the unity, peace, and political sustainability as well as good governance of Nigeria. The more Nigeria strives to unite, the more violence tears the country apart. From all indications, Nigeria is a country under siege and Nigerians are living under a climate of fear. The period between 1999 and 2005 has been one of the most violent eras in Nigerian history. Violence has become more prevalent and more deadly. It has become the most acceptable means of response, even to trivial issues. How can Nigeria overcome the seemingly unstoppable acts of violence and have peace? This paper will examine some acts of violence and their implications. It will also suggest strategies for peace.

Keywords: Violence, Peace, Unity, Good Governance, Political Sustainability
Stream: History, Historiography, Political Science, Politics, Ethnicity, Difference, Identity, Religion, Spirituality
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. Julius O. Adekunle

Associate Professor, Department of History and Anthropology, Monmouth University
West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA

He taught African history in Nigeria and Canada before taking an appointment in the US. His book is entitled Politics and Society in the Middle Belt of Nigeria. He has published several articles in journals and chapters-in-books on African political, economic, and social history. He is currently working on the cultures and customs of Rwanda. His areas of interest include cultural and ethnic relations, religion in politics, and nationalism.

Ref: H06P0564