POVERTY AND SOCIAL DISORDER: A SOCIO-POLITICAL UNDERSTANDING OF NIGERIAN CIVIL SOCIETY

AUTHORS: UZOMA UKAGBA AND SYLVESTER ODIA

FROM UJAH- UNIZIK JOURNAL OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES VOL II NO. 2, 2010

PUBLISHED BY FACULTY OF ARTS

NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA     

Poverty and Social Disorder in Nigeria are important issues for philosophical reAection. The two terms are so intertwined that a causal relationship can be drawn between them. The nature and extent of poverty must never be silenced if the truth is to be known about social order or disorder in Nigeria today. The aesthetic point of departure for philosophy, the point from which we observe everything around us, in its interconnection with the ordinary practices in human life expresses the fact that truths are embodied in the ways we give voice to, or narrate, what lies around us. If, for example, our surroundings are pervaded by suffering and poverty, what we come to know is shaped by these experiences and their connections to larger moral and social practices. According to Bell (2000: 72), affluence and greed, or an environment Ailed with hope and aspirations for a good life would shape our world differently. Poverty alienates or even truncates the very being of man. It destroys the order in man and consequently destroys the societal order, which is dependent on man. We shall for a moment explicate the concept of poverty, its various levels and causes, the notion of social order and disorder, and whOltgenerates them, and the consequences for the civil society. We shall round off our discussion with some practical suggestions on how to gradually eliminate the incidence of poverty in our midst thereby making the civil society a habitable environment.

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