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The Question of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria: A Reflection on Present Realities

Albert T. Akume


One of the cardinal objectives of the Nigerian-state as defined by its constitution is to build ajust and egalitarian society where every member has the right to participate in its governance process. This declaration presupposes that every citizen has the right to live and conduct his/her legitimate business freely in any part the country without the fear of intimidation, discrimination, exclusion or forced ejection. Egalitarianism ensures that the process and pattern of citizens' penetration and participation in the governance process is not defined by one's status, creed or indigeneity. Egalitarianism is firmly tied to the principle of equality and fur treatment of all in the society. The state is a geographical expression that accommodates diverse groups with varying degrees of capacities. If those groups' potentials are properly harnessed in an integrated manner, it will advance the developmental aspiration of the state and the wellbeing of the citizenry. However, if diversity is not properly managed it often presents the state with serious security challenge due to the activities of disparage groups.

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