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Greener Journal of  Social Sciences Vol. 2 (6), pp. 222-229, December 2012

  ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2011 GJSS

Research Paper

Manuscript Number:110212205


African Indigenous Religion and Sustainable Democracy: A Better Initiative for Good Governance in Nigeria 


Ushe Mike Ushe


Christian Theology Unit School of Arts and Social Sciences National Open University of Nigeria Lagos.


Email: mike.ushe @, Phone: 08034512751


This paper examines the role of traditional religion in sustainable democracy and good governance in Nigeria. It first of all defines key terms used in this paper. The paper also makes an overview of Nigerian Democratic experience since independence in 1960. Furthermore, the paper discusses the place of Traditional Religion in Nigerian society. Finally, the paper treats the role of Traditional Religion in sustaining democracy and good governance in Nigeria. It adopted an interdisciplinary approach in gathering information. Finding from the research revealed that Nigerian democracy has experienced many challenges that make the country ungovernable. The persistence religious violence and terrorism in the country have raised many unanswerable questions among patriotic Nigerians. The paper recommends among others, that traditional religion should be emphasised to enhanced good democracy and governance in Nigeria.

Key Words: Indigenous, Religion, Democracy and Good Governance

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