SUBJECT: SOCIAL STUDIES
TERM: 1ST TERM
Topic: Religion and Religion beliefs
Behavioral objectives: At the end of the lessons, the pupils should be able to
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6 years basic Education curriculum
Building background connection to prior knowledge: pupils are familiar with the topic in their previous classes
CONTENT OF THE TOPIC
Types of religious practices in Nigeria
We already know that there are three main religions in Nigeria. These are the African traditional religion, Islam and Christianity. There are various groups or sects in each of these religions. These sects have some beliefs which are different from those of the larger group. Some of the sects in the Muslim religion are the Ansar-ud-deen, the Ahmadiyya and the Nawar-ud-deen sects. in African traditional religion, there are, among others, the Sango worshippers, the Obatala worshippers, the Amadioha worshippers and the Olokun worshippers. Among the Christians, there are the Roman Catholic, the Church Missionary Society (CMS), the Baptist and the Pentecostal Movement, among others.
Each of the sects in Islam, Christianity and African traditional religion interprets aspects of the Holy Quran, the Holy Bible, and the teachings of the African traditional religion in different ways. However, they all claim to serve and worship the same God.
Meaning of religious intolerance
Religious intolerance is the inability to accept that others have the right to practise their own religion. Religious intolerance occurs when some members of society refuse to accept or tolerate the religious practices of other people. For instance, some people want everybody to belong to their own religion or sect. Such people sometimes attack or kill those of other sects.
Sometimes ago, there were religious riots in some parts of the northern states especially in Kano. Some Muslims tried to force others to join their own sect of the Islamic religion. This group was known as the Maitatsine group. They killed many People and destroyed property. Recently, the Boko Haram has also destroyed lives and properties in parts of northern Nigeria. This is not a good religious practice.
There have also been religious riots in Kaduna, Kafanchan, Maiduguri, Bauchi and Katsina towns.
God is merciful, kind and peaceful. He does not want violence. People should, therefore, not fight or kill one another because of religion. Such actions do not help the country to be united.
Effects of religious conflicts on society
Some of the bad effects of religious quarrels on society are:
Assessment and evaluation
Teacher asks questions from pupils based on the topic
Wrap up and conclusions
Teacher goes over the topic for better understanding.
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