Religious plurality and ethnicity: a bane to population census in nigeria

Clara M. Austin Iwuoha

Nigeria no doubt is a multi-religious and ethnic diverse nation where no particular religion or ethnic region is given air of superiority. But in terms of Population census which is a determinate factor in allocation of government resources and appointments, these issues of religion and ethnicity have become a serious bane taunting population census in Nigeria thereby making its figures grossly and arbitrarily inflated and in most of the cases unacceptable. At the centre of constraints confronting population census in Nigeria are the twin issues of religion and ethnicity as have been observed by this researcher. This paper’s title was conceived with the intention to investigate the relationship between religious plurality, ethnicity and population census in Nigeria with a view to examine the extent to which it could be concluded that religion and ethnicity are the banes of population census in Nigeria.

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