Publisher: University of Port Harcourt

Religious Crisis (BOKO HARAM) In Nigeria: A Challenge To National Development

Abraham Ayinelechi, Grace Lawrence- Hart
KEYWORDS: Religious Crisis, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Challenge, National Development


Contemporary research experience reveals that most of the crises rocking Africa and indeed Nigeria have their roots in religion. From the Maitatsine War of 1980 to the current Boko Haram scourge, religious crises have claimed many lives and damaged properties worth billions of Naira, which impede national development. This paper therefore examines the causes and effects of religious conflicts, especially the Boko Haram in the northern part of the country. The research adopted the secondary sources of data gathering through the use of books, journals, periodicals, conference papers, etc. The findings show that factors like religions intolerance, missionary drive, abuse of right of worship, etc., have been responsible for most religious crises in Nigeria. If this trend continues, the result could be disastrous for it retards development and capable of balkanizing the Nigerian nation. Certain key recommendations have been made, especially the need for Government to be more proactive in the fight against Boko Haram, create employment opportunities and an avenue for dialogue and mass education for the people. This is because peace is the only panacea for National development.

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