The Eclipse of Poverty and Inequality in Multi-Ethnic Society of Nigeria: Diagnosis and Prescription

Badmus Bidemi. G


In most of developing countries of the world, particularly in Nigeria, there is damaging magnitude of an increasing materials and economic gap within and among people, which has grossly differentiates the might of the few rich from the aspirations of the poor masses. The gross inequality and widespread of poverty in Nigeria have become pervasive as a result of government’s failure to: adequately maintain a reasonable gap between the rich and the poor and failure to ensure a fair regulation and distribution of economic and political resources among the citizens. The government’s failure have constituted a major source of great insecurity and tension which has continued to threatens national development and putting undue pressure on peaceful coexistence of Nigerian people. This study argues that, unless there are concerted strategies to curtail the manifestations of gross inequality and widespread of poverty, the inevitability of national disloyalty, resentment toward government initiatives and policy programmes, civil unrest, surge of youth militia groups, vandalism, kidnapping, drug/human trafficking, electoral violence and incessant increase in the number of insurgency groups among others vices will continue to hurt government developmental agenda in Nigeria.

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