Political Stability and Religious Freedoms in Nigeria

Broadcast Date: 2017-04-08

In this segment, we focus on the West African country of Nigeria. Dr. Adeniyi Ojutiku and Rev John Pofi on AfrobeatRadio to discuss issues of political stability and religious freedoms in (the restive Northern part of) Nigeria following a hearing of the US congressional Sub Committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations on March 28, 2017.

For those who may not know, Nigeria is on the Atlantic coast, bordering Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. Nigeria is a federal republic, although many challenge that. It is also officially a democratic secular country; many also challenge this. Modern-day Nigeria has been the site of numerous kingdoms and tribal states over the millennia. A multinational state, as it is inhabited by over 500 ethnic groups. It is often referred to as the "Giant of Africa", the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world, with roughly 200 million inhabitants. Nigeria has one of the largest populations of youth in the world.

The modern state originated from British colonial rule beginning in the 19th century, and the merging of the Southern Nigeria Protectorate and Northern Nigeria Protectorate in 1914. The British set up administrative and legal structures whilst practising indirect rule through traditional chiefdoms. Nigeria became a formally independent federation in 1960, and plunged into a civil war from 1967 to 1970. It has since alternated between democratically elected civilian governments and military dictatorships, until it achieved a stable democracy in 1999, with the 2011 presidential elections considered to be reasonably free and fair. In May 29, 2015, president Mamudu Buhari a former general and one time military ruler was inaugurated as president.  

Dr. Adeniyi Ojutiku is a US based Nigerian resident in North Carolina. A retired academic, he is co founder of Lift Up Now Foundation, a USA registered NGO engaged in developing and disseminating frameworks for sustainable political and democratic governance. He was appointed Gov. Pat MacCrory to represent North Carolina on the Southern Regional Education Board.

Rev Pofi. Rev Pofi was former National chairman of the political and social affairs of the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN.) He is also the owner co founder of John Pofi Foundation, a Foundation focused on Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in nigeria due to the Boko Haram terrorist activities and other ethnic and communal conflicts.

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