Nigeria's Social and Economic Probelms Essay

1564 WordsAug 30, 20147 Pages
Nigeria’s Social and Economic Problems Debbie Horn Rasmussen College Comparative Politics Professor Mike Howe June 22, 2014 Nigeria’s Social and Economic Problems Frequent shifts and the political instability from civilian to military government have caused huge problems both socially and economically for the country of Nigeria. On top of the ethnic division, and religious conflict, the people have more than likely come to the conclusion that the government does not care about the well-being of the citizens or the country. Individuals in both the military and the government seem more concerned about benefiting themselves rather than putting the well-being of the people and the country first. Rather than solve African political and socio-economic problems, military troops in Africa have tended to drive the continent into further suffering and turmoil. Ethnicity Ethnic conflict has been rightly defined as one of the greatest obstacles to meaningful development in Africa. In Nigeria, this sort of competition and rivalry among various ethnic groups is seen as a product of colonial contact. Politics, democracy and ethnic division have a strong impact on each other. There are about four hundred ethnic groups in Nigeria. No other political force comes close to ethnicity in importance. These groups usually do not have a political voice, nor do they have access to resources or the technology needed to develop and modernize economically. Therefore they feel discriminated against and neglected. There are only three groups that matter most because they have attained ethnic majority status in their regions: the Hausa-Fulani, they are mostly orthodox Muslims who live in the north. The Yoruba, are west of the Niger Benue Rivers and east is the Igbo. The Hausa-Fulani are made up of two groups, the Hausa and the Fulani. The Hausa are Sudanese people
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