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Nigerians refer to violence as 'intergroup conflict': what's actually at play is xenophobia

By Tosin Olonisakin, Social Psychologist, Ekiti State University
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Nigeria, a country of over 208 million people, is made up of more than 250 ethnic groups. Its history is littered with ethnic rivalry and competition.

Throughout history, preference and preservation of one’s kin or kind has been evident. The sense of ‘weness’ and ‘theyness’ has been behind devastating wars and conflicts. These conflicts have different names, including racism, xenophobia, nationalism…

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