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Nigeria’s complex religious landscape is intricately involved in wide-ranging issues for development and peace, yet views on how and why are sharply polarized. With a population (some 186 million in 2016) roughly equally divided between Muslims and Christians, interreligious relationships have repercussions across sectors and regions. However, different conflicts have contested religious dimensions as do wide-ranging peacebuilding efforts.


Policy Brief February 28, 2020

The Impact of Ethnic and Religious Diversity on Nigeria's Development Priorities

Nigeria’s complex and dynamic religious institutions are deeply engaged in debates about national and local development priorities and in both policy formulation and program execution. Many contributions are positive, but interreligious tensions and weak links between religious and development actors undermine the ideal of complementary contributions.