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Category : Religion in Nigeria

Religion in Nigeria is of course one of the main causes of conflict in Nigeria, here we talk about some of the major religions that exist in naija (the giant of Africa) and how they have effected the nation at large.

Religion in Nigeria

Obviously, you already know Nigeria is a very religious nation, Ranked around 24th by Wikipedia in 2019.

While many have linked the state of the country to its religiousness, I do however, consider this untrue as countries like Thailand and Indonesia are more religious than Nigeria but developed nonetheless.

Well, that is story for another day.

In 2010 the Association of Religion Data (ARD) had a census and it was reported that 47.5 percent of the total Nigerian population were Christian and slightly bigger than the Muslim population of 45.5 percent.

It was also noted that about 7.0 percent were members of other religious groups. (Athiesm, Jewish religion etc)

However, these figures are mere approximates.

There are three major religions in Nigeria.



Traditional Religion

There are other minor religions that exist in Nigeria like the Jewish religion, Atheism, Hinduism, etc.

While Christian folks have severally maintained that Christianity is not a religions, I am inclined to agree. However, for the purpose of this article, I will have it listed above.

Christianity was introduced in Nigeria around the 15th century in Itshekiri Kingdom. It spread down south and currently the choice religion of the Igbos and people from Southern Nigeria.

The west is divided between Islam and Christianity

While the North is mainly Muslims, Over 80% are Muslims.

Nigerian has the largest population of Muslims in sub-sahara Africa, The Hausa are predominantly Muslims. The Yoruba are part Muslims, part Christian, while a small fraction still remained in the traditional religions.

What is the religious conflict in Nigeria? Nigeria has been characterized by violence and  even bloodshed since independence in 1960. Claims exists that have linked the diversity of religion to the impoverished state of the nation, the killings, the chaos. What do ...
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