Nigeria more divided, survey reveals


The Nigeria Social Cohesion Index (NSCI) computed and released by Africa Polling Institute (API), yesterday, in Abuja indicated that Nigerians believe the country is more divided today than it was four years ago.

The report, which was presented in Abuja by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, revealed that 49 per cent of citizens “feel disappointed in Nigeria”, compared to 42 per cent that feel truly proud of the country.

According to the finding, while seven per cent felt indifferent, two per cent feel uncertain about their feelings for the country, compared to only 12 per cent, who said the country is much more united today, and 23 per cent who believe that the country has stayed the same.

Overall, 82 per cent of Nigerians feel comfortable with the dual identity of being both Nigerian and from their ethnic group, but to different proportions. Four in 10 Nigerians are proud of being equally Nigerian and from their ethnic group, while about a third of citizens interviewed (33 per cent) identify more with their ethnicity than with being Nigerian, compared to only nine per cent that feel more Nigerian than ethnic.

According to the survey, most of the citizens believe that all Nigerians are not equal before the law, against 23 per cent who feel otherwise. In the report, about six in 10 Nigerians (58 per cent) expressed the view that the Federal Government is not making enough effort to promote a sense of inclusion for all ethnic groups in the country.

Regarding the current administration’s efforts at promoting gender equity, about half of Nigerians rated the current administration “poorly”, as against about two in 10 Nigerians (21 per cent), who rate the government favourably.

Also, 83 per cent of Nigerians consider human rights violations a problem in the country, while 48 per cent believe that most cases of human rights violations are never reported to the police, and in cases where they are reported, 56 per cent were more likely to report such cases to community and religious leaders and not the police.

Also, 53 per cent of citizens believe impunity thrives in the current administration and 83 per cent believe impunity among government officials is “increasing”.

The data reveals a substantial decline in the level of trust citizens have for the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The difference between 2019 (42 per cent) and 2021 (26 per cent) reveal a significant 16 per cent decline in citizens who had “a lot of trust and some trust” in the government of Buhari.

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