INTERGROUP RELATIONS IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES

A CASE STUDY OF INDIGENE/SETTLERS RELATIONSHIP IN ASA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, KWARA STATE

Authors

  • OKUNLOLA OLADIRAN AMIDU Department of History, Federal College of Education, Kontagora.
  • OBA RAHAMAN TAIWO Department of History, Federal College of Education, Kontagora.
  • MUHAMMED AWWAL INUWA Department of History, Federal College of Education, Kontagora.

Abstract

In Nigeria, academic discourse on inter-group relations over the years has been narrowed down to only two interrelated terms: conflict and violence. This is due to the rising cases of inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts witnessed in the multi-cultural and multi-religious Nigeria. This paper intends to argue that the escalating ethnic and religious consciousness is greatly the handiwork of elites and politicians who employ both ethnicity and religion as effective tools for mass mobilization and manipulation of citizens’ psyche in their attempt to dominate the state power apparatus and resources. It also affirms the view that, as far as the Yoruba and other ethnic communities of Asa Local Government are concerned, a high level of cordial inter-group relations had been achieved, owing to inter-communal mechanisms developed amongst the Yoruba and other ethnic communities over the years of interaction. One of the effective vehicles through which the cordial inter tribal relations are achieved is Islam and economic relationship. From the foregoing, it is obvious that Nigeria as a country has had a checkered history of intergroup relations shaped by the existing system of material production and appropriation in the country. Therefore, to strengthen the shattered socio-economic and political relationship between and among the constituent ethno-linguistic groups (Hausa/Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo and the other minority ethnic groups) in the country, there must be a restructuring and redirecting of the system of material production and appropriation in the country.

Keywords:

Intergroup Relations, Historical Perspectives, Indigene, Settlers, Relationship

Published

30-04-2024

How to Cite

OKUNLOLA OLADIRAN AMIDU, OBA RAHAMAN TAIWO, & MUHAMMED AWWAL INUWA. (2024). INTERGROUP RELATIONS IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES: A CASE STUDY OF INDIGENE/SETTLERS RELATIONSHIP IN ASA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, KWARA STATE. International Journal of Humanities, Literature and Art Research, 4(6). Retrieved from https://mediterraneanpublications.com/mejhlar/article/view/358

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