Why is Nigeria so trouble-ridden?

Jun 2015
5,723
UK
#1
Since it's independence, it's had civil wars, military rule/coups, and even now under democracy there is corruption.

Is it because it's just a British colonial hodge-podge, and Yoruba, Igbo, and Muslims in the north (amongst many other ethnicities) all are too different to get along?

Should Nigeria cease to be, and each ethnic group be an independent sovereign state?

All African countries are a mix of ethnicities, but then Ghana hasn't had the same issues despite its ethnic diversity.
Kenya had issues a few years ago, but these have subsided for now.
 
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Jan 2010
4,439
Atlanta, Georgia USA
#3
One of the reasons is its natural resources.

If You look a bit around, in states/societies that aren't extremely solid, natural richness are more of a curse than a blessing.
I used to work with some Nigerians who were persuaded that Nigeria’s problems were due to the oil it has, which bred an attitude of “get rich quick” and a resulting moral corruption.

Another reason is the religious division between Muslims in the north and Christians in the south.
 

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Dec 2015
4,494
Florania
#4
I used to work with some Nigerians who were persuaded that Nigeria’s problems were due to the oil it has, which bred an attitude of “get rich quick” and a resulting moral corruption.

Another reason is the religious division between Muslims in the north and Christians in the south.
Are faiths and resources the only two issues, or are there other issues as well?
Most countries today are multinational in some senses.
Population pressure is another issue for Nigeria; some may argue that Bangladesh is more densely populated.
 
Jun 2012
7,384
Malaysia
#6
I do not believe that balkanisation should be the 'go to' solution for any country challenged by ethnocultural diversity. More creative & constructive options should be explored first. Economic weakness is the ultimate source of many problems Need to deal with that first & foremost. Get everybody busy earning a living & thereby building their nation, and they will quite easily start forgetting the differences between them, and begin building on the similarities instead.

As for having natural resources, why should that be a bane. When it should be a boon instead. The trick is to manage your natural resources, rather than allowing yourselves to be managed by them.
 
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Apr 2018
618
India
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Are faiths and resources the only two issues, or are there other issues as well?
Most countries today are multinational in some senses.
Population pressure is another issue for Nigeria; some may argue that Bangladesh is more densely populated.
Bangladesh has overall cultural and linguistic homogeneity, although dialects vary widely from place to place. It's not a mix of different cultures like Nigeria.

Somewhere I read that in Nigeria even church sermons are given in four languages (probably at some places); the diversity is so great. Population pressure generally don't breed warlike situations unless opportunist politicians find other ethnic groups to make scapegoats out of.

In Nigeria the religious divide runs really deep I guess, with no side having clear, dominant majority. Also British tendency of patronizing the Northerners didn't really help.
 
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