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Religion as a Tools for Unity and Faith, Peace, and Progress in Nigeria

Olorunda, Sola Elijah

School of Secondary Education, Department of Social Studies, Emmanuel Alayande University of Education, Oyo


This study focused on religion as a tool for unity and faith, peace, and progress in southwest Nigeria. This study is qualitative and adopted a phenomenology design, primary data collection instrument consisting of interviews and ethnographic observations. The population consisted of all the citizens in southwest Nigeria and a sample consisted of 20 participants selected from religious groups. The analysis was issued based and focused on the use of the theme provided by the research questions of the study. Observation, and interviews were used to find out multifarious views on religion as a social institution. The paper further discussed the types of religions, the needs for religious activities, its impacts on people’s lives, both positive and negative. It was recommended that the issues of rewards and punishment that are established in every society tradition, norms, value, custom and constitution of every nation should be upheld, and the government should check the activities of religious leaders; also review the act that established religion as a social institution to pave way for unity, peace, and progress in Nigeria.

Keywords: Religion, Faith, Peace, Progress, Unity.

Impact Statement

Religion as a tool for national development emphasizes how important religious tolerance is to the advancement of a country. Religion as a tool creates harmony, social cohesiveness, and togetherness amongst varied communities, all of which are essential for progress and prosperity. The study highlights how valuing religious diversity and encouraging tolerance for those of other religions improves social ties and fosters creativity, economic expansion, and cultural enrichment. All citizens’ potential is unlocked by this inclusive approach, creating a vibrant environment that promotes national progress. The study’s conclusions highlight the critical role that religion a tool for unity and faith, peace, and progress plays in forging a cohesive society and offer insightful information to those working in government, the community, and the general public who want to advance diversity and inclusivity for the benefit of their countries.

About The Author

I am Olorunda Sola Elijah, a lecturer at Emmanuel Alayande University of Education, Oyo, Nigeria, Faculty of Social Science, Department of Social Studies. I am a trained educator and researcher who has worked with different educational Institutions. I have taught, researched, supervised, and brought the best out of the students on many occasions. I have attended conferences, workshops, and seminars for professionals. I have published my books and articles in both national and international journals including online. My research interest includes peace and conflict studies with a specialization in community resilience in vulnerable cities, and social problems in contemporary society, including internationalization of higher education with global social responsibility for society.


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