Proliferation of Religious Groups on Nigerian Campuses: Keeping Religious and Educational Interests Equipoise
The paper is a study of the phenomenal growth of religious groupings among students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Since the 1970s, a mushrooming of campus religious groups has continuously impacted on the growth of education in Nigeria. The paper examined the new fundamentalist fervour and awakening pestecostal preachings of numerous voluntary religious groups on Nigerian campuses. The paper observed that a pronounced diversity of religious inclinations among students has produced a tense climate inimical to the pursuit of educational interests on these campuses. Many Nigerian universities are crisis-prone all-year round as authorities try to keep down religious riots within manageable limits. The paper suggests various methods of conflict resolution and alternative dispute resolution techniques for these campuses in order to safeguard the pursuit of educational interests which are the main objects of these institutions.
Keywords: Conflict, Religious Interests, Educational Interests, Peace, Conflict Resolution
Dr. Kayode O. Fayokun
Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Law, Kampala International University