International Journal of
Peace and Development Studies

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Peace and Dev. Stud
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6621
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPDS
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 85

Article in Press

Social Justice as Sin qua non for Peace among the Ethno-Religious identities in Nigeria : Reflection on the Ethical Principles of Dialogue

Salifu David Onu

  •  Received: 22 July 2016
  •  Accepted: 24 August 2016
A society is known by the principles of social justice that it maintains which enhances or undermines survival and human dignity. Social justice essentially focuses on the following: rules of fair treatment of the members of the society, the equality of opportunity for progress available to the citizens , the level of social and physical infrastructure corresponding to the quality of life of the people and upholding of democratic values of freedom and responsibility. Nigeria seems to face some challenges in the area of social justice due to problems of impunity, inequality, poverty, poor social and physical infrastructure confronting Nigeria's nation-state project. Such basic weaknesses have impacted on unity, security and social justice at the personal, national and institutional levels within the state. This paper examines the extent to which a much-required value-dialogue can help to address the social justice deficits in a multi-ethnic society riddled with identity crisis.

Keywords: Social justice, Nigeria, dialogue, ethnic, identity,religious, multi.