EXAMINING THE DIRECT AND MODERATING EFFECTS OF ETHNO NATIONALIST IDENTITY ON THE SOCIAL WELLBEING OF THE NIGERIAN STATE

Emmanuel Chukwuebuka Orakwe, Ephraim Ifediri Nwokporo

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The study is a contribution to the existing studies on the effects of ethno-nationalist identity on the social wellbeing of the Nigerian state. The ostensibly unwieldiness of ethnic related violence and hate in the contemporary Nigeria has casted a vail of doubt on the achievability of a nation state status for Nigeria. This study utilized the major tenets of David McCrone’s model on colonialism and nationalism as a theoretical leaning to understand the formation and perpetuation of ethnic nationality and consciousness. Applying the historical research design, data were collected from newspapers, magazines, television broadcasts, journal articles and textbooks and were analysed using content analysis method, so as to give explanatory clarity to the study. The study implicated some issues such as pervasive corruption, a faulty federal system, and a flawed indigenization policy as major catalysts for ethnic divide, and thus, called for a complete overhaul of the faulty social system, so as to create a fairer atmosphere for peace building.

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ethno-nationalist identity, ethnicity, nationalism, independence and colonialism

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