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Implications of Game Theory on Political and Religious Activities in Nigeria

By Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.


Game theory is the formal study of the rational and consistent expectation that participants can have about each other’s choices, especially when the actions of several agents are interdependent. In Nigeria, there is the application of game theory in several activities which had negated the principles of unity, faith, brotherhood, rules, law, order and development. There are implicit and explicit implications of these on religious and political activities in a nation with diverse language, culture, ethnic politics and religion. The study was limited to zero-sum game with the aim of examining the religious and political implications of the zero-sum game in Nigeria. The data was gathered through secondary sources which includes but not limited to books, journals, newspapers and network news sources. It was analysed using content analysis. The study found that religion has a strong history of influence over political activities in Nigeria; Christians, Muslims, politicians and bureaucrats are actively involved in game theory practice against each other manifesting in various forms, including: incitement, distortion of fact about the other, blocking each other’s chances, hatred and blackmailing as well as destruction of lives and property. The practice has not only reduced the level of development but has also made the truth of our heroes-past to be in vain, with poor judicial proceedings, lack of one nation, brotherhood and peace. The Nigerian leaders and stakeholders in religion and politics should engage in zero-sum game and non zero-sum game in order to produce results that would radiate peace, tranquility and development...
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Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.


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