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It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error and another to put him in possession of truth - John Locke Nigeria is Africas most populous state and one of its wealthiest For this reason alone Nigerians should know the truth about their coutry so that they can know the roots of their problems which would help them in finding a solution Nigeria consists of a facinating collection of different peoples cultures histories and religions which have unfortunately never been united at any period in the past but today gradually through democracy it is trying to find a sense of nationhood out of the rivalries and bloodshed which bedevilled the country for years after independence They are struggling to be democratic but are not quite there yet The demographics and pre-colonial traditions of Nigerians were very different The Hausa in the North had been forming states and came under the influence of Islam in about the 15th century But later on they were conquered by the Fulani for not being strict enough in their Islamic practices and being too worldly This made politics and religion one They learnt Islam in their schools and the mosques became a centre of activity Their ruler ruled them based on the Islamic law therefore there where no limits on his power But they were the only group with this kind of religious and political system There were two prominent groups in the South namely the Yorubas and Igbos The Yorubas inhabited the forest region and formed several kingdoms They had village councils which voted chiefs thus limiting the chiefs authority by the councils checks The Igbo had small organized village structures They where very independent people so had much freedom The village governments therefore had less power Both of these groups worshipped their ancestors so where very different from North in terms of Religion The presence of democratic elements in the Igbo
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