1.1       Background to the Study 
Although it is generally believed that the concepts of democracy and constitution were created in one particular place and time-identified as ancient Athens circa 508BC. There is evidence to suggest that democratic forms of government, in a board sense, may have existed in several areas of the world well before the turn of the 5th century. Within that broad sense, it is plausible to assume that democracy in one from or another arises naturally in any well-bonded group, such as a tribe.
Using evidence from an analytically significant case, Belgium, it explores the political and institutional conditions under which religiously motivated illiberal political actors integrated successfully into democratic institution. The interaction of three factors is shown to be crucial: a political shift affecting the religious actor negatively, the existence of competitive institutions, and a centralized religious structure. The main theoretical implication is that democratic consolidation can be the contingent outcome of self-interested political strategy rather than the result of the pursuit of normative principles. In cognizance of this fact, the study underlines the institutional and political context in which religious movements are embedded and the centrality of agency and strategic calculation. It advocates placing the study of religion and politics in a broader theoretical perspective and study of democratization in a wider historical context. Religious democracy- is a form of government where the values of a particular religion have an effect on the laws and rules, often when most of the populations are members of the religion. Democracy here coincides with certain things; it can be secular or religious. But what occurs is coincidence, and not unity. Democracy is not violated when a faith is embraced: it is violated when a particular belief is imposed. Nigerians became religious before their unification into the modern Nigerian state in 1914 by the British. One way or the other, people do seek meaning in life, a sense of purpose that politics cannot adequately provide but can be provided by religion. However, religion itself cannot provide the organizing mechanism through which the society can deal with the perennial issues of power and the need to adapt to changing circumstances.

1.2       Statement of the Problem
            Despite universalistic teaching of all religions and elevation of their true followers to the highest spiritual level, man has suffered because of the dysfunctionality of religion, arising from its archaic institutionalization, corporate character and indoctrination of fanatic and obsolete beliefs and practices.
            The religious leaders in Nigeria and their political allies seem to have abandoned their responsibilities in the process of nation building. At both religious and political areas in Nigeria in recent times, the pursuance of group interest has given way to self-serving enterprise where common goal is no longer valuable and unity unnecessary.
            Religion has become so much the opiate of our politicians that we now tend to ignore warnings about the inherent dangers of mixing religion and politics.
            From the secularism point of view, the ideals of a democratic society and a secular state are unified. Therefore, the firm principle of separation of religion and state is implicit such that without this separation there can be no freedom from tyranny.
            From the legalism point of view, democracy can never enjoy a general acceptance in a religious society. Anything outside of the rigid, but pervasive, interpretation of the religious texts is rejected and the absolute sovereignty of God prevails such that there is no role for the sovereignty of people.

1.3       Purpose of the Study           
            The purpose of this research work is to review and reveal the future of Nigerian democracy; religious perspective. Furthermore, the research will unveil a widely shared assumption that posits the incompatibility of religious politics and democracy. This will explore the political and institutional conditions under which religiously motivated illiberal political actors integrate successfully into democratic institutions.

1.4       Significance of the Study   
            This research work will create an awareness on the future of Nigerian democracy religious; perspective for the educators and government. Political parties in Nigeria as organized bodies will find this work very useful, it will be valuable to scholars who wish to undertake a research on similar topics.

1.5       The Scope of the Study     
            The study covers the social, political and religious institutions of Ebonyi State. It is an opinion seeking and fact fetching exercise which is aimed at revealing the future of Nigerian democracy; religious perspective. Six (6) vital institutions were chosen from the vital locations in the state. Members of staff of those institutions were randomly seceded as respondents.
            The sampled institution are:-
1.         Ebonyi State House of Assembly - Nkaliki complex
2.         Ebonyi State founding father’s forum
3.         Christian Association of Nigeria [CAN], Ebonyi State Chapter
4.         Abakaliki Judicial High court commission
5.         Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria [PFN], Ebonyi State chapter     
6. Ebonyi State pilgrim Welfare Board
1.6       Research Questions    
1.         What is tribalism or primitive democracy?
2.         What is modern representative democracy?
3.         What is religious democracy?
4.         How long can democracy survive in such a kind of situation in Nigeria?             
5.         When will people vote credible people not based on ethnic, regional and religious sentiments?
6.         When will politicians stop using ethnicity, regionalism and religion to converse for votes?  
1.      There is a significance difference between the present ethno –religious politics and Nigerian’s democratic future.
2.      There is a significance difference between the secularism point of view on religious democracy and the legalism point of view.   
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