The Nigeria Social Cohesion Index (NSCI) computed and released by Africa Polling Institute (API), yesterday, in Abuja indicated that Nigerians believe the country is more divided today than it was four years ago.
The report, which was presented in Abuja by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, revealed that 49 per cent of citizens “feel disappointed in Nigeria”, compared to 42 per cent that feels truly proud of the country.
According to the finding, while seven per cent felt indifferent, two per cent feel uncertain about their feelings for the country, compared to only 12 per cent, who said the country is much more united today and 23 per cent who believe that the country has stayed the same. Overall, 82 per cent of Nigerians feel comfortable with the dual identity of being both Nigerian and from their ethnic group, but to different proportions.
Four in 10 Nigerians are proud of being equally Nigerian and from their ethnic group, while about a third of citizens interviewed (33 per cent) identify more with their ethnicity than with being Nigerian, compared to only nine per cent that feel more Nigerian than ethnic.
According to the survey, most of the citizens believe that all Nigerians are not equal before the law, against 23 per cent who feel otherwise. In the report, about six in 10 Nigerians (58 per cent) expressed the view that the Federal Government is not making enough effort to promote a sense of inclusion for all ethnic groups in the country.
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