RELIGION, TERRORISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL CHALLENGES IN NIGERIA
Religion and terrorism are two prominent features on the African scene today. Nigeria as a nation is one of the victims of religious conflict and terrorism. The disruptive terror acts and conflicts have crippled the country’s development. The terrorist herdsmen operate without any clear cut ideology and the Boko Haram insurgents unleash violence on the Nigerian people at will. This paper explores the various manifestations of religious conflict and terrorism and its developmental challenges in Nigeria. However, the main motive behind this article is to advance the frontier of knowledge on global peace as the act of terrorism remains a global pandemic. The paper adopted the human security paradigm and gathered data from textbooks, e-books, journals, online articles, newspapers, and magazines. It highlights the root causes of religious conflict/terrorism in Nigeria and visible patterns in this malady. The paper recommends the promotion of African traditional values, such as the value of the sacredness of life, human respect and good human behavior. The article also calls for peace education which is important for religious adherents to understand the need to live in harmony with people of other faith. This is necessary in the service of common goals, closer understanding of other faiths and in line with building life bridges. Such dialogue programmes should be included in the curriculum of the schools and institutions of higher learning.