RADICAL ISLAMISM: TRAJECTORIES OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND ABUSES IN AFRICA

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Peter O.O. Ottuh
Felix O. Erhabor

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In Africa, radical and extremist Muslims are striving to transform society through violent change, claiming that African rulers are dictatorial and anti-Islamic; as a result, many African countries are experiencing serious human rights violations and abuses. Therefore, this paper examined radical Islamism and its trajectories of human rights violations and abuses in Africa and proffered workable solutions to the dilemma. To achieve the above aim, the paper employed historical and evaluative methods. The historical method was used to critically review the scholarly literature on radical Islamism and its human rights violations and abuses antecedents in Africa. At the evaluative level, the paper critically discussed the impact of human rights violations and abuses on the African nations and their citizens. The paper revealed that radical Islamism in Africa is driven by bad political leadership, poverty, poor education, unemployment, and religious exclusivism among others. The paper concluded that good governance, economic enhancement, and religious inclusiveness are key tools in discouraging and curbing radical Islamists in African countries.


 

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Ottuh, P. O., & Erhabor, F. O. . (2022). RADICAL ISLAMISM: TRAJECTORIES OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND ABUSES IN AFRICA. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 8(1), 243-264. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2281243o
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Peter O.O. Ottuh, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria

Dr. Peter Oghenefavwe Oritsemuwa Ottuh is a Philosopher of Religion. He obtained a Certificate in Theological Studies from the Baptist Theological Seminary, Eku – Nigeria (1988); Diploma in Religious Studies; B.A. (Hons.) Religious Studies; M. A. Philosophy of Religion; Ph.D Philosophy of Religion from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma – Nigeria between 1997 and 2009; and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (P.G.D.E) Lagos in 2015. He joined the Ambrose Alli University as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Religious Management and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts in 2006 (to December 2011) where he held various positions including the posts of Associate Editors of Epha: Journal of Religious Studies (Departmental Journal) and Iroro: Journal of Arts (Faculty Journal) respectively. Dr Ottuh joined Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa, Edo State, Nigeria as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, College of Humanities in January 2012 where he held several positions including the Editor, SAU Journal of Humanities; served as Acting Head of Department of Languages; Chairman, Student Disciplinary Committee and Acting Dean, Student Affairs Division of the University. Dr Ottuh is a lecturer of high repute and a prolific writer whose scholarly works numbering over sixty have appeared in both national and international academic publications. He is the co-author of Some Thoughts in Sociology of Religion, co-editor of Religious Management and Human Development in Nigeria: Theoretical and Ecclesiological Issues and co-editor of Issues in Religious Studies and Philosophy. Dr Ottuh is a member of several learned societies including the Nigerian Association for Biblical Studies (NABIS); National Association for the Study of Religions (NASR); Association of Nigerian Academics (ANA); Catholic Theological Association of Nigeria (CATHAN); African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR); Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR); and Niger Delta Christian Association for Academic Research (NIDCAARES). Dr Ottuh joined the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Faculty of Arts of Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State in 2014 as a Senior Lecturer. He is the Departmental Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies; member of Faculty Publication Committee; and member of Senate (Faculty of Arts Representative), Delta State University, Abraka. Presently, Dr Ottuh is the editor of Abraka Journal of Religion and Philosophy, a publication of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Delta State University, Abraka.

Felix O. Erhabor, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria

Felix Erhabor is a doctoral student majoring in Philosophy of religion in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Delta State University, Abraka. Presently, Erhabor has some scholarly articles to his credits in reputable academic journals.