International Journal of
Peace and Development Studies

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Peace and Dev. Stud
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6621
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPDS
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 100

Full Length Research Paper

Implications of ethnic nationalism: The Niger delta region of Nigeria as a case study

Sulaiman Olayinka Opafola
  • Sulaiman Olayinka Opafola
  • Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Olabisi Onabanjo University, P. M. B. 2002, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 25 June 2016
  •  Accepted: 24 August 2016
  •  Published: 30 November 2016


This paper examines the implications of ethnic nationalism within the context of the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. It employs the methods of analysis and evaluation in investigating the concepts of national question and nationalism, implications of the two concepts as well as advantages and disadvantages of nationalism. Its aim is to identify the factors responsible for disunity and consequently suggest means of promoting unity in diversity. Nationalism relates to the wish of a large group of human beings belonging to the same origin and language, to mention a few links, to establish an independent nation. This is also what is meant by ethnic nationalism. The paper also considers the merits and demerits as well as solutions to ethnic nationalism. The paper found out that the main cause of ethnic nationalism is injustice. This injustice is mainly expressed in exploitation or discrimination in the distribution of resources, rights and power. It was discovered that ethnic nationalism has been an attempt to redress the injustice favourably. The paper recommends that in order to attain unity in diversity and good governance, justice should be promoted (183 words).  

Key words: Implications, nationalism, Niger, Nigeria, region, self-determination.