Religion and Ethnicity in the Making of Nigeria's Fourth Republic

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
December 14, 2022 to December 16, 2022
Location: 
Nigeria
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Humanities, Languages, Political History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

First Joint International Conference of the College of Liberal Studies, Bowen University, Iwo and African Studies Institute (ASI), University of Georgia, U.S.A on

Religion and Ethnicity in the Making of Nigeria’s Fourth Republic

Date:   14th-16th December, 2022.              

                       

CALL FOR ABSTRACT

The fourth republic just like the previous republics in Nigeria has lived up to its billings in terms of the dynamics determining or influencing elections. These are ethnicity  and religion. Only in the 1993 Presidential election were the issues played down as Nigerians seemed comfortable with a Muslim/Muslim ticket that was presented by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) as its Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates. Since the turn of the fourth republic, these two factors have continued to play prominent roles in shaping elections and electoral processes and victories in the country and they have been made more particularly important due to the influence of politicians who have always exploited these diversities to their own advantage. The year 2023 in particular is fundamentally crucial as it is monumental in the history of Nigeria. Apart from being an election year when the people will go to the polls to elect a new leader for the country after the current leader President Muhammadu Buhari would have completed the constitutionally guaranteed eight years for a President, it also marks the year when history seems on the verge of repeating itself. Without doubt, religion and ethnicity have returned and continued to be recurrent factors in the electoral process in Nigeria, however, in 2023, the stake seems to be higher.

 

The stake is higher in 2023 especially with various factors such as the North-South dichotomy (or what is sometimes referred to as rotational Presidency) in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), same religion (Muslim-Muslim) tickets of the All Progressives Congress (APC) among others. The question arises whether the country should not have outgrown such diversities that have been holding the country down since independence and what becomes of the country’s democracy if these dichotomies are not checked.

 

Paper for Presentation are hereby invited to be submitted for a conference on the above stated theme scheduled to hold from 14th to 16th December, 2022.

 

The Sub-themes include but are not limited to the following:

Theoretical and Thematic Discussions on Nigeria’s Democracy

Politics, Religion and Ethnicity in Nigeria

Impact of Religion and Ethnicity on Nigeria’s Democracy

History of Democracy in Nigeria.

Religion, Ethnicity and Citizen’s Response.

Primary Elections and Intra-Party squabbles in Nigeria.

Gender Perspectives on Elections and Electoral Processes in Nigeria.

The concept of Rotational Presidency and its Implications on Nigeria’s Democracy

Power Rotation (Zoning) and Politics of Identity in Nigeria

Restructuring, Power Domination and Power Devolution

Contact Info: 

Dr. E. Ajani                                                                             Dr. O.O. Olaniyi

Chairman, LOC                                                                      Secretary, LOC

08033588168                                                                          08037150917

Dr. E. Ajani                                                                             Dr. O.O. Olaniyi

Chairman, LOC                                                                      Secretary, LOC

08033588168                                                                          08037150917