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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

On-line version ISSN 2412-4265
Print version ISSN 1017-0499

Abstract

ADAMO, David Tuesday. Religion and elections in Nigeria: a historical perspective. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2018, vol.44, n.3, pp.1-19. ISSN 2412-4265.  http://dx.doi.org/10.25159/24124265/3580.

Elections in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious people like Nigeria can be a serious practice with many risks. They can also be marked by violence, corruption, intimidation and deceit. The history of Nigerian elections appears to reflect the above characteristics. It has been confirmed that Nigeria is one of the most religious countries in the world. Therefore it should not be a surprise that Nigerian elections will be greatly influenced by religion. This article traces the history of Nigerian elections from the pre-colonial to the post-independent period up to 2015. Most importantly, the strong evidence of not only violence, corruption and intimidation, but also the serious aggressive influence of religion-mostly negatively on Nigerian elections-is clear and cannot be disputed.

Keywords : elections; Nigeria; religion; Muslims; Christians.

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