MAHATMA GANDHI AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF NON-VIOLENCE: LESSONS FOR NIGERIANS

Author: Abalogu Divine Madueke
Department: Religion and Human Relations
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

There is upsurge in oppression and injustice in Nigeria. This has been a source of worry and great concern to many well meaning people. A society where corruption has almost become institutionalized could not contend with high level of violence. There is an indication that violence in Nigeria has been on the increase and needed to be addressed sociologically. The thrust of this thesis, therefore, is to draw out lessens the apostle of non violence, Mahatma Gandhi could have had on Nigerians. Primary and secondary data were collected and interpreted descriptively and analytically. The social issues associated with non-violence showed that political, economic, social, psychological religious, spiritual and moral lessons point to the reality that under an atmosphere of non-violence, love, peace, unity, progress, transformation and harmony are achievable. These socio-religious and ethical values are responsible for sustainable development in Nigeria. There is a prevailing need for all Nigerians irrespective of Gender, creed, colour and political affiliation to join hands in embracing non-violence as a social index for growth and development in Nigeria.

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