Volume 18, No. 6, 2021

Religious Fanaticism As A Contributing Factor To Continued Religious Violence Among University Of Sokoto Students

Ugwu, Ikenga Patrick , Olisa Anthony Enweonwu , Emerho Godstime Emerson , Onyejegbu, Dominic Chukwuemeka , AREH, Chinwe Edith , John Thompson Okpa


Fanaticism exists in different forms in Nigeria; the worst form of it is religious fanaticism. In Nigeria, it is present in most ethnic groups, clans and religions. Religion is not new in Nigeria, so also is fanaticism with the violence that goes with it. This explores the patterns and causes of religious violence in Nigeria. This article made use of documentary research method as well as the cross sectional survey design to gather data from various sources such as e-books, online articles, magazines, newspapers, and standardized questionnaire. Two hundred and ninety six (296) University of Sokoto participants were also selected through purposive sampling. Study hypothesis which states that demographical factors will significantly influence fanaticism among University of Sokoto students was retained after analysis using multiple linear regressions. Further analysis revealed a 32.1% prevalence of fanaticism among study participants. In view of the findings, the paper concludes by suggesting that Nigeria government should begin programs to reconcile differences that exist between Christianity, Islam and African Traditional Religions. Recommendations hinged on adopting the jigsaw approach of equal status, personal interaction, cooperative activities, and social norms that will favour intergroup contact in Nigeria.

Pages: 6414-6425

Keywords: Crime, Government, Minority, Religion, Students.

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