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THE CRISIS OF CITIZENSHIP IN NIGERIA

THE CRISIS OF CITIZENSHIP IN NIGERIA

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THE CRISIS OF CITIZENSHIP IN NIGERIA

ABSTRACT
The thesis investigated Nigeria's citizenship dilemma, with a focus on indigene/settler conflict in Jos-North, which is based on land ownership use. The analysis of this book is guided by elite theory,

which holds that society is divided into a few who have power and assign values for society and many who do not have authority and do not influence public policy.

This allows the wealthy to manipulate citizenship based on indigenous settler status. Data is gathered from both primary and secondary sources. The structured questionnaire format and the perspectives of the respondents in the open ended questionnaire were the key sources of data gathering for the research.

While existing literatures, periodicals, and other materials pertinent to the subject served as secondary sources of information. According to the research findings, the crisis in Jos-North is rooted in property ownership, politics cloaked in religion. The data also show that ethnicity played a significant in the crisis's escalation.

As a result, the research suggests that the perpetrators of the conflicts be arrested, convicted, and punished as a deterrent to others. Individuals who have lived and worked in a area for ten years and fulfilled their obligations should be permitted to enjoy the rights and privileges accorded to indigenous peoples.

The study also suggests that inter-marriage be widely encouraged in order to address or lessen the indigene/settler distinction, because we all come from somewhere.

When all of the foregoing is taken into account, it would help to overcome the recurring crises of citizenship, indigene/settler conflict in Jos North Local Government Area, Plateau State, and Nigeria in general.

 

TO CHAPTER ONE 1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
Socio-political developments occurred in a variety of locations towards the end of the twentieth century. Ethnic minority groups have been striving to shake off long-standing usurpations, to cast off the yoke of distant suzerains,

and to take control of their own destinies; this occurred concurrently with religious groups' efforts to influence social, political, and economic relations in society (Guardian, February, 1993).

Since the early 1990s, Nigeria has been experiencing an ethnic and religious crises on a national scale. This was an aspect of the national question that could only be disregarded at the price of the country.

It's no surprise, then, that a recent US intelligence study on Sub-Saharan Africa predicts Nigeria's failure in fifteen years. Although the administration has now dismissed the study as being inaccurate, she did not completely condemn it (Leadership, June 2005).

The current resurgence of ethnic and religious violence in the country, which has taken various forms and dimensions, can be directly linked to population growth and communication development, both of which have increased Nigerians' political and economic awareness.

Citizenship issues have arisen throughout the country as a result of the development. This condition of affairs has caused an indigene/settler problem in Jos-North Local authorities Area,

Plateau condition, which has caught the authorities off guard.
In general, it is worth noting that the residents of Jos-North Local Government Area lived in a peaceful environment before to 1991.

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