An Appraisal of Religion and Nigerian Public Policy

  • Akiti Glory Alamu University of Ilorin, Nigeria.


Nigerian public sees religiosity mostly as a “Nigercentric” affair which influences policy making and decision taking. This nigercentrism describes the public and political dominance of religion in Nigeria. In other words, the geography of religion influences the geography of politics in all national decisions, including elective and appointive offices even in the admission to public schools and institutions. In fact, Nigerian society since independence till date is strongly connected to religion. The consistency in the use of religion is attributable to the essentials and fundamentals of virtually all the successive regimes in the country in recognizing the pride of place it has always assumed in the policy and style of government. Thus, public policy describes the notion of decisions and actions of government in relation to issues and questions affecting the society. The affinity of religion and public policy in essence gives the indication that the two institutions are inter-changeably important, instrumental and enforceable through governmental processes which is universally applicable to society as a whole.

How to Cite
ALAMU, Akiti Glory. An Appraisal of Religion and Nigerian Public Policy. KIU Journal of Humanities, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 3, p. 39-49, nov. 2018. ISSN 2522-2821. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 jan. 2022.