Religion and Election in Nigeria

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Religion and Election in Nigeria

Eric Chinenye Aneke

Nsukka Journal of Religion and Cultural Studies | Vol. 11, No 2 | © 2023 Eric Chinenye Aneke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0

Submitted: 12 May 2023 | Published: 27 October 2023

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Dr. Eric Chinenye Aneke is a lecturer at Madonna University Elele, Rivers State, Nigeria.

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Nigeria is socio-culturally multi-ethnic and religiously pluralistic. Religion has been a very singular but very strong factor that is affecting negatively the electoral system in Nigeria. The following key terms were used in this study: religion, election, politics, political party, electoral system, and franchise/suffrage. Political aspirants would always make use of their religious affiliations to achieve cheap political popularity. The electorates tend to vote for a given political aspirants based on religious sentiments and not on verifiable objective good human attributes. The aim of this paper among others is to attempt to find out whether religious affiliations of the political spirants enhance or hinder their successes during general election in Nigeria. The study is qualitative in character. It interviewed a cross-section of Nigerians and also made use of secondary sources of information such as library books, journal articles, newspapers, magazines, etc.  The study is very significant in a good number of ways including that it makes the electorates to cast their votes based on good quality political aspirants rather than on sentiments. The findings of the paper, among others, include the fact that the electorates in Nigeria generally cast their votes in line with their religious affiliations. It is recommended, among others, that the electorates should not cast their votes during general election on the basis of religious affiliations but rather on verifiable and objective good quality human behaviour.


Religion, Election, Politics, Political Party, Electoral System and Franchise/Suffrage.