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Culture, Politics, Development, Nigeria, Cultural Diversity.


Development does not take place in a vacuum but in a society of people with cultural practices. Culture is an all-embracing entity, a vehicle to total development. The basis of development is culture and any nation that aims at progress without its culture is only deceiving itself by engaging in self -immolation. Culture, when promoted and enhanced becomes the spring board for progress. The present systems of practice of politics with bitterness against certain ethnic groups are inimical to the development of the nation. It is against this background that this paper considers the culture of politics as the bane of development in Nigeria, where we shall adequately analyse our conceptual schemes in the direction of the challenges of our needs and interest. Through critical analysis we are able to subject our beliefs and social practices to the searching light of criticism and thus likely able to promote the kind of self-understanding that would provide some basis for determining the kind of socio-cultural reconstructions that would be required to attune Nigeria to changes in the environment and their existential demand. The primary concern of this paper is to appraise and reconstruct that there is an interface between culture, politics and development using a theoretical skill to elicit changes both in the sociological and mental outlook of Nigerians. This paper employs the analytic and critical method of philosophy with the view of showing the negative influence of culture of politics on the overall development of Nigeria. The central argument of this paper is that culture of politics from a negative standpoint is so high that every policy of government at different levels is assessed from the standpoint of its impacts on the wellbeing of particular ethnic groups rather than on the country as a whole. The paper concludes that Nigeria needs leaders that are sensitive, patriotic, accountable and imbued with demonstrable vision that can harness our cultural diversity for the progress of the nation in all ramifications.

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