The Role of Counselling in Engendering Peace in the Nigerian Multi-Cultural Settings

Matthew Ojong Achigbe, Ph.D


Nigeria, a multi-ethnic nation has recklessly worked herself to the brink of self destruction and disintegration by taking her multi-cultural configuration for granted. Through a careful analysis of activities, actions and deeds of members of major ethnic nationalities in the public domain in relation to the numerous ethnic minorities that form the component parts of Nigeria and a comparative study of some similar nations of the world, certain cultural nuances were identified as sources of conflict among the culture groups which needed to be addressed for a peaceful and harmonious coexistence. With simple logic of deduction, the study suggested among others cultural understanding, religious tolerance and education as a means of restoring peace in the conflict-ridden Nigeria. The study recommends multicultural Counselling in the Nigerian setting as an intervention strategy.

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