One of the greatest challenges to the peace, internal security and development in Nigeria, is religious intolerance, including of course, religious terrorism. This seems to be threatening Nigeria’s unity, inter-faith harmony and national cohesion across the board. No one knows how widespread these feelings of religious intolerance exist in the country. It is not clear whether these are more prevalent among the illiterates and the less educated or even among the educated Nigerians as well. Among these categories of the most educated Nigerians are the University academic and administrative staff as well as University students. It is very important therefore, to examine the attitudes towards religious intolerance on the University campuses in Nigeria. The task for policy makers and analysts alike is to research the extent of the religious problem and determine ways in which to prevent the emergence of a total religious war in Nigeria that will engulf the whole country, beyond the current one with the Islamic militant sect, Boko Haram, that is already going on in the North Eastern parts of the country. This is the major task that has been undertaken in this study. We conducted a random survey on sampled Nigerian University campuses, analysed and discussed the data and used the findings to propose some concrete policy recommendations on how these religious problems in Nigeria could be tackled.
Keywords: Religious intolerance, Nigeria, university campuses, internal security