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Title:The role of religion in the political and ethical re-orientation of Nigeria
Author:Adamolekun, TaiyeISNI
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Muslim-Christian relations
Abstract:Religion has a great role to play in the political and ethical reorientation of Nigeria. Ethics and morality as a code of conduct is of great value in each of Nigeria's three major religions: Christianity, Islam and traditional religion. Each government in Nigeria, from Ironsi to Abubakar (1966-1999), has tried to reshape Nigeria politically, morally, socially, and ethically. In January 1982 Shehu Shagari, for example, called for an ethical revolution. His emphasis on the ethical dimension of religion as a means to further Nigeria's development served as a model for other political leaders. In addition to the moral and ethical codes of Nigerian religions, the author recommends the sociological approach of Emile Durkheim, who saw religion as an agent of cohesion and stability in society, and Max Weber's ideas on the joining of religion to economic activity, as solutions to Nigeria's sociopolitical and ethical dilemmas. Ref.