All-important historic traditions have shaped a complex modern political culture characterized by ethic diversity and conflict, corruption and a politically active military. However it also includes some democratic activity and a desire to reinstate leadership that is responsible to the people. Characteristics of the political culture include: Patron-clientelism, state control/rich civil society, tension between modernity and tradition, religious conflict and geographic influences.
Questions to consider:
- How is Nigeria fragmented?
- Is successful democracy possible for Nigeria?
|Nigeria’s ethnic groups may be divided into six geographic zones|
|Northwest||Dominated by two groups that combined as the Hausa-Fulani people, the area is predominately Muslim|
|Northeast||Smaller groups such a as the Kanuri which are primarily Muslim|
|Middle Zone||Smaller ethnic groups characterized by a mix of both Muslims and Christians|
|Southwest||The large ethnic group Yoruba are about 40% Muslim, 40% Christian and about 20% native religions.|
|Southeast||Inhabited by the Igbo, who are primarily Roman Catholic, but with a growing number of Protestant Christians.|
|Southern Zone||This area includes the delta of the Niger River, and its people belong to various small minority groups.|
______ % of Nigeria’s population lives in absolute poverty.
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