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Nigerians show high tolerance for diversity but low trust in fellow citizens, Afrobarometer study shows

11 Mar 2021 Nigeria

A majority of Nigerians value diverse communities, identify equally with their ethnicity and nationality, and believe there is more that unites Nigerians as one people than divides them, new Afrobarometer findings show.

Over the years, Nigeria has witnessed repeated ethnic and religious clashes. But the survey shows that nine in 10 citizens are tolerant of people from different religions, ethnic groups, nationalities, and political parties.

However, general trust in fellow citizens is very low; most Nigerians say one “must be very careful” in dealing with others.