A recent survey conducted by Afrobarometer indicates that a lot of Nigerians lack trust in their fellow citizens but are more united despite ethnic difference.


The survey further explains that despite ethnic and religious rivalry in the country, Nigerians show high tolerance for diversity but low trust in fellow citizens.


According to the Afrobarometer findings, the majority of Nigerians value diverse communities, identify equally with their ethnicity and nationality, and believe that there is more that unites Nigerians as one people than what divides.


‘‘Over the years, Nigeria has witnessed repeated ethnic and religious clashes. But the survey shows that nine in 10 citizens are tolerant of people from different religions, ethnic groups, nationalities, and political parties.


‘‘However, general trust in fellow citizens is very low; most Nigerians say one “must be very careful” in dealing with others. 22 percent identify more with their ethnic group than their nationality, while somewhat fewer 16 percent identify more with their nationality.” Afrobarometer surveys


The survey however reveals that more citizens think there is more that unites all Nigerians as a people than what divides.


Afrobarometer is a pan-African, nonpartisan survey research network that provides reliable data on African experiences and evaluations of democracy, governance, and quality of life.


Afrobarometer conducts face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice with nationally representative samples. The Afrobarometer team in Nigeria, led by NOIPolls, interviewed 1,599 adult citizens of Nigeria in January-February.

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