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Title:The clergy, culture, and political conflicts in Nigeria
Author:Adebanwi, WaleISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:political conflicts
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v053/53.3.adebanwi.pdf
Abstract:This article explores contemporary manifestations of the politicization of culture by the Christian clergy in the determination and resolution of political conflicts in Nigeria in general, and Yorubaland in particular, against the backdrop of what has been called 'the civilizational hegemony of Christianity'. The article approaches religion and the practices it enables as part of a cultural system through which we can capture the specific ways in which religious authorities pursue political and ethnocultural interests to justify a particular social order. It argues that Christian clerics directly engage political power and Yoruba culture as legitimators in the context of crises of the postcolonial State, and tries to uncover why and how they play this role. It focuses in particular on the role of the Venerable Emmanuel Alayande (who died in October 2006), Bishop Emmanuel Gbonigi, and Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]