Proliferation of Religious Groups on Nigerian Campuses: Keeping Religious and Educational Interests Equipoise

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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
Stream: Equity, Social Justice and Social Change; Community, Culture, Globalisation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Proliferation of Religious Groups on Nigerian Campuses

Dr. Kayode O. Fayokun

Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Law, Kampala International University
Kampala, Uganda

Lecturer in Law at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels since March, 1989 at reputable universities in Nigeria and Uganda. Teach and supervise research students in Administrative Law and Educational Management and the Law. Researcher with numerous research papers in education law. Obtained the LL.B. degree in 1985, 1989, M.Phil in 2002, Ph.D. in 2007. Was Ag. Head, Dept. of Public Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria,(1996-1998); Ag. Head, Dept. of Business Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, (1998-2000); Associate-Dean (Academics) Faculty of Law, Kampala International University, Kampala, Uganda, (2007-2008). Currently teaching at Kampala International University, Kampala, Uganda.

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