Esther self sacrifice :The question for liberation and peace in Nigeria politics


Political  science  had  long  considered  religion  increasingly  irrelevant  in  social  life  [1]. This   was   despite   the   progressively self-evident   occurrences   in   the   reverse   regard. Nevertheless, religion is a critical construct for understanding contemporary social life [2]. It  
accordingly  illuminates  the  everyday  experiences  and  practices  of  many  individuals;  is  a significant component of diverse institutional processes, including politics…and plays a vital role in public culture and social change. Consequently, the role of religion in society has recently been the subject of renewed empirical and experimental interest. The  subsisting  1999  Nigerian  Constitution  (Section,  10)  and  indeed  all  the  previous Nigerian  Constitutions  have  specifically  provided  that, the  Government  of  the  Federation  of Nigeria or of a State  (in  the federation) shall not  adopt any  religion as state religion. Hence, the  generally  held  notion  of  secularity  of  the  Nigerian  state  essentially  derives  from  this constitutional  provision.  It  is  noted  in  any  case,  that  the  secularization  worldview  is  not  a Nigerian  peculiarity.  But  central  to  the  concerns  of  this  study  is  the  linkages  between  the secularism  of  the  state  in  Nigeria  and  the  seeming insularity  of  the  citizens  to  political visibility,  on  the  grounds  of  their  ostensible  religiosities  and  the  attendant (constitutional) secular requirements.