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Managing Ethnic and Cultural Diversity for National Integration in Nigeria

Edewor, Patrick and Aluko, Y. A. and Folarin, S. F. (2014) Managing Ethnic and Cultural Diversity for National Integration in Nigeria. Developing Country Studies, 4 (6). pp. 70-76. ISSN 2224-607X (Paper) ISSN 2225-0565 (Online)

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Nigeria is a multi-ethnic and culturally diverse society that has witnessed conflicts arising from this ethnic and cultural diversity. This paper expounds such conceptual issues as ethnicity, cultural diversity, federalism and national integration and then presents the historical antecedents to the problems of ethnic/cultural conflicts in Nigeria. It is argued that national integration in the Nigerian context has been an attempt to forge “unity in diversity”, seeking to wish away socio-cultural differences and imposing uniformity in spite of complex cultural diversity. This has created more conflict and posed obstacles to unity, peaceful co-existence, progress and stable development. It recommends that national integration and its benefits can be realized only with the development and entrenchment of a supportive public culture; the development of new institutions and mechanisms that address poverty, revenue allocation and other national issues peacefully

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnic diversity, cultural diversity, conflict, national integration, Nigeria
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Solomon Bayoko
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2015 12:59
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2015 10:43

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