What exactly are Nigerians gaining from the politics of religion and tribalism?
Over the years, Nigerian politics have been littered with issues of tribalism and religious disparities that have resulted in poor governance, accountability, and relentless insecurity in the nation.
These considerations have led to the displacement of millions of Nigerians from their homes and turning thousands of children into beggars.
Certainly the politics of religion and tribalism has set Nigeria back. From 1999 to date, our economy has been in very bad shape as a result of electoral chaos, often the result of disputes based on religious and tribal politics.
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Nigeria, as a multi-ethnic and religious country, must be free from politics based on religion and tribe. This has gotten us nowhere, but rather set us back as a nation and endangered the safety of life and property of many citizens.
We need to avoid the politics of religion and tribalism. We should vote for competent leaders devoid of religious and tribal considerations.
Therefore, I call on our large population to avoid the politics of religion and tribalism in the upcoming elections. We should vote for competent leaders regardless of their religion, ethnicity, and cultural affiliations for the betterment of our people.
Fatimah Abubakar Malah, Department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri