Introduction of Comparative Religion as General Studies in Nigeria Tertiary Institutions’ Curriculum: A Panacea to the Rising Intolerance among Religious Groups
Okai, M. O.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
Recent events, though different in many ways, have highlighted the misunderstanding and intolerance often generated by expression of religious beliefs. This review is to assess the need for the introduction of comparative relogion in general studies curriculum in Nigerian tertiary institutions; considering this act as a panacea for the rising intolerance among religious groups. The aim is to present the comparative religious benefits such as providing adequate and concrete information on the tenets and nature of different faiths and philosophies; transfer such data to others, so that they can complement instead of conflicting each other. Qualitative data on cases of religious violence in Nigeria from 1999 to 2013 were gathered through the secondary source. The study reveals that most violent conflicts today, contain religious elements linked up with ethno-national, inter-state, economic, territorial, cultural, and other issues. Threatening the meaning of life, conflicts based on religion tend to become dogged, tenacious and brutal types of wars. Hence, this work proposes the inclusion of the teaching of comparative religion in general studies so as to remedy the intolerance existing among religious groups thereby reducing or eliminating religious conflicts in the country