Nigeria’s Social Cohesion Index now at 39.6% – API Report

Nigeria’s Social Cohesion Index now at 39.6% – API Report

By Ruth Oketunde, Abuja.


A new study released by the Africa Polling Institute (API), a non-profit research institute, has revealed that Nigeria’s Social Cohesion Index stands at 39.6 per cent.


The survey, carried out by API, with support from Ford Foundation, was conducted between the months of May and June, to measure the country’s social cohesion index.


The concept of social cohesion refers to the willingness of citizens of a country to cooperate and work together towards ensuring the survival and prosperity of the country.


Building upon the 2019 and 2021 editions of the survey, the current edition captured the attitudes and perceptions of the citizens, using 13 key indicators to measure social cohesion in Nigeria.


The indicators include identity, trust, social justice, participation and patriotism, natural resources, governance, gender equity, impunity, corruption, polarisation, peace building, coping strategies, self-worth and future expectation.


Findings from the survey revealed that the National Assembly was the least trusted public institution in Nigeria, compared to the Nigeria Police Force, which was the least trusted government agency in the 2021 edition of the survey.


Nonetheless, the study revealed that there was an increase in the proportion of citizens who believed that Nigeria would be better in the future.


On gender equity, the study revealed that 80 per cent of Nigerians agreed that boys and girls should have equal access to education, while 71 per cent agreed that both males and females should be judged based on their qualifications, competence and track records.


API, however, recommended, among others, that that the Federal Government should strengthen existing policies, legislation and institutions that would help to create a sense of belonging, promote trust, foster good governance and provide a favourable atmosphere for citizens to thrive and fulfil their life aspirations.


It also recommended that citizens should also discourage statements and actions that could impede the peace and unity of the country, while averting conflicts, chaos and civil unrest, especially as the country prepared for the next general elections.


It also underscored the need for a national dialogue to help renegotiate the fault lines that currently threatened Nigeria’s existence as a nation.

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