The increasing wave of ethno-religious crises in the Nigeria polity had been a deep subject of concern to all stakeholders .Political scientists, religious leaders, legal experts, economic analysts and even the ordinary citizens have been alarmed by the devastating consequences that these increased ethno religious imbroglios had occasioned to the continued existence of the polity and cohesion of the Nigerian society. Many are of the strong opinion that the continued presence of ethno religious crises, social imbroglios and political upheavals dread the very essence of having to live together interdependently in the society. These social unrests and political imbroglios have put the people in a state of perpetual fear, uncontrolled anxiety and increased insecurity in the day-to-day dealings with others; many have been compelled towards opening their eyes to certain things they would ordinarily not be concerned about; many are pushed to put in place security measures in their various residential places and caused them to be unusually and abnormally hypersensitive to any state of unrest and disorder with many reputed to call anyone who exhibit terrorist-related behaviour in their mode of dressing, way of behaviour, manner of words they speak as “boko haram” and all other satirical names. This state of affairs had also compelled and enhanced the government to devising methods on the way to combat such deadly, malignant phenomenon. Generally, this has raised the consciousness of people even to the smallest minute details, making them to be thorough and exhaustive in their relationships with other people. All in all, the ethno religious crises had done more physical, mental, emotional, societal harm than any benefit. Thus, this paper seeks to delve into an indepth conceptualisation and understanding of the phenomenon of ethno religious crises; examining its nature, extent and effect on the Nigerian polity. Then, the paper will go on to demystifying and examining the whole concept of national integration accentuating upon its primal importance in times of increasing wave of ethno-religious crises .Finally, the paper would then consider the pivotal role the youth can play in achieving a long-lasting, enduring and sustainable national integration in the Nigerian socio-political system.
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