|About the Book|
This text examines the link between religion and politics both at the level of theory and with specific reference to Nigeria. The first part of the book focuses on major local issues, and the second on how religion affects the countrys relations. The religious problem has become prominent, not only for its recurrence, but also for its intensity. Nigeria itself is plural with innumerable religious groups, although this need not be a problem if pluralism is used to promote freedom of association, democracy and human rights. It does become a problem if, as this book notes, religious groups make self-centered demands on the state- when the state succumbs to such demands or to blackmail- and when public officers use religious groups and leaders for their own political survival.