Nigerians defy anxiety to enjoy unity in diversity

From EMEKA OKONKWO 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIANS take pride in the nation’s cultural diversity despite some ethnic tensions currently troubling Africa’s most  populous nation.
This is according to a new poll, which indicates Nigerians rate their social interaction among the various ethnic groups in the country at 7,5 points on a scale of 0 – 10, where 0 represents “no interaction” while 10 represents a “high level of interaction.”
According to researchers NOIPolls, this rating implies very positive social interaction among the hundreds of different ethnic groups in Nigeria.
It further corroborates findings from NOIPolls Personal well-being index,which portrays a high level of satisfaction of Nigerians regarding their social interaction.
The findings come on the back of the country celebrating 57 years of independence from Britain.
The commemorations came amid protests from some groups in the south agitating for the independence of Biafra, a region formerly autonomous from Nigeria but incepted in 1970.
It also coincided with an ultimatum for southerners in the north to move out of the latter region by Hausa hardliners.
The Hausa is the majority ethnic group while the Igbo, whom the threat was issued to, are the third largest in a country of over 190 million people.
“Diversity, which is a key element that clearly defines the true soul and strength of Nigeria, has been regrettably overlooked in recent times,” NOIPOlls stated.
The polling firm said Nigeria’s development and drawback hinged in the unity in diversity as the country with the highest population of the Black race in the world.
“It is the only nation with more than 250 languages and diverse ethnic groups, yet has remained one and indivisible nation.”
The opinion poll was conducted in the week of September 18.
It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample of 1 000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country.
CAJ News

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