FACTORS THAT MILITATE AGAINST EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN PARTICIPATION IN POLITICS

Chapter One
Introduction
1.1   Background of the Study
From studies and its reality a lot of factors militate against effective Christian participation in Nigeria polities. A lot of factors militate against effective Christian participation in politics; some of the factors include: Ethnicity, religious intolerance, corruption, thuggery, greedy, money politics and God-Fatherism.

   Ethnic polities play indispensable role in Nigeria body polities, Nigeria politics is characterized by ethnicity since Nigeria independence in 1960, when politics and political parties were formed along ethnic lines, any one who professes to be a true Christian will find it difficult to participate effectively where lie politics holds sway, Corruption rears its ugly head in. (Nigeria- politics; -in short- it is now an way of doing.

1.2 Statement of the Problem    
From Newsper, magazines, radio and television, a lot has been heard, seen and read about politics and participation in politics.
Politics the world over and Africa in particular is seen as a dirty game, it is seen as a game, for people without conscience and lots of factors has militated against Christian participation in politics in a different light, this has made many Christians not to participate in polities or not to participate at all the level of corruption associated with Nigeria politics will make any Christian worth his salt have a rethink. The flagrant use of the thuggery and the hijack of politics by more bags and political God fathers put a question make on effective Christian participation in politics.
Blatant rigging with the help of the law enforcement agencies regrets that entire Christianity stand for. Hence the study is to determine factors that militate against effective Christian participation with special reference to Ishielu local government area.

1 .3 Purpose of the Study
The purpose of the study is to find out the factors that militate against effective Christian participation in politics in Nigeria with special to Ishielu local government area. And also seek ways of ameliorating the already bettered situation so, that Christian can participation based approached.
1.4 Significance of the Study        
The work will reveal the factors that militate against effective Christian participation in politics with special reference to Ishielu local government Area. By under taking this study, the researcher hopes that the findings will be an assistance to follow researchers that will wish to do in depth study, Christian bodies and Non governmental organization (N G. O. S) involved in the crusade for Christian participation in politics.
Generally this study will enable policy makers, Non Governmental organization and stake holders to fashion out ways and strategies for effective actualization of Christian participation in politics.
1.5 Scope of the Study     
The study was restricted to Ishielu local government Area of Ebonyi state. The scope of study was delimited to the ten communities and twenty one words in Ishielu local government area.
1.6 Research Question
For the purpose of this research, the following research questions have been formulated.
v    What are the    factors   militating   against   effective Christian participation in politics?
v    Do Christian in Ishielu government Area effectively participate in politics
v    Are   there   any  possible   solution   for   effective   Christian participation in politics
v    Is it possible for Christian to participate in politics with out being corrupt?
v    Can corruption, money bag ethnicity be eschewed from Nigeria politics?
Given the level of thuggrey, manning, rigging and killing in
Nigeria politics, can a Christian come out undaunted.



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Chapter Three
Methodology
3.1 Methodology and Research Design
The work was descriptive survey research: it used questionnaire as the main instrument of data collection the researcher selected hundred (200) out of the target population of (400) people. In the work, the researcher selected 1 1 and 1 8 villages in Ishielu local Government Area (L G A). The samples were drawn from adult that can read and write because of the nature of topic. The data collected were carefully analyzed using percentages.
3.2 Techniques    
The subjects were selected through stratified random sampling techniques the population was 200 out of 400. The first group of 155 comprised under graduates. Civil servant some politicians with a minimum of school certificate.
The second group comprised of business, traders selected representatives making a total forty five (45) this brought the sample population to 2003, and this was seen as representing the entire population on the study.
3.3 Sampling Techniques
The researcher made use of random sampling technique where out of four hundred (400) respondent; only two hundred (200) respondents were used. However it was selected or covers all necessary adults that could supply the uniform action
3.4 Instrumentation     
In the researcher the major instrument used was questionnaire. It was on YES or No patter. The instrument was tested on 50 person in, order to ensure to continued relevance and validity, using face value analysis.
3.5 Procedure For Data Collection 
The researcher employed the use of questionnaire for data collection he administered the questionnaire to 200 selected respondents for completion.
There respondents were made to answer the question on an Yes and No basis.

3.6 Method of Data Analysis
The researcher used percentages to analyze the data. The data were collected, tallied and converted into percentages for proper analysis. 





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