Adeniyi Oluwole Meleki


Religion is frequently a factor in international conflict. It is rarely the principal cause of conflict, even when the opposing groups are differentiated by religious identities. Religion can be invaluable in promoting understanding and reconciliation, and it can provide a basis for peacebuilding efforts with its effects on political and economic strands of the nation. Religion plays an increasingly powerful role in shaping local and international politics, economy, as well as public opinion. It is often too sensitive and conjures too many strong feelings. Many may argue that it’s best to leave religion alone and stick with safer topics. But case studies abound that demonstrate that sensitive subjects such as religion are important to tackle in seeking to prevent, manage, or resolve conflict that brings about national development politically and economically for the benefit of all. This paper aims at establishing the intrinsic role and connection between religion and a sustainable political and economic development as well as how it could serve as a tool for ensuring peace and security in a multi-ethnic Nigeria. It argues that religion has transforming power if sincere commitment to its tenets exists. It also argues that under normal circumstances, religion plays a unique role in socio-economic transformation of society. It also examines the function and role of religion at facilitating sustainable politico-economic development spelling out the significance of repositioning religion in Nigeria. The paper postulates that there is the need for a model that will ensure the economic and political transformation of the Nigerian people especially now that recession is extant.


Religion, Religious tenets/attitudes, Peace, Security, Politics, Sustainable Economic Development.

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