The nature of violence and crisis as negative phenomenon in the community.
A peaceful world is far better than a world of violence and crisis, while positive development which brings change and promotes man’s well being is a direct function of peace. Backwardness, which distorts, disfigures, diminishes and impoverishes his well being, is a direct product of violence (war). Yet for reasons that will be given later, man cannot restrain himself from engaging in activities that provoke crisis and violence. A close study of man and his activities unveils him as a being prone to antagonistic impulses. He is always either fighting or preparing to fight. His moments of peace are a smokescreen, which in no distant time is pierced through by strokes of violence. Moody Bible Institute (1988:33) acknowledges the above fact about man’s life when, as paraphrased by Dawaki (2005:117, in his book titled Shake Hands with Destiny). He notes that; “it is said that in a total of 3,530 years of recorded civilization, only 286 years have been spent without war raging some place in the globe. Yet during that same period, about 8,000 peace treaties have been signed”.
The knowledge of man’s condition according to Habu Dawaki (2005:117) must have made Wag to describe “peace” as “the brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading” No wonder, there is too much violence in the world, to the extent that some people are thinking that peace may be an illusion.
Victor Ojakorotu & Lysias Dodd Gilbert, define Violence as the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, mal-development or deprivation. (WHO, 2002: 5)
the Nigerian government is like a human monster that kills joy, wreck homes, abort dreams and destroy lives of their fellow human beings with impunity. Through their activities they have made Nigeria a paradoxical nation, a country reputed as a giant of Africa in name but a Lilliputian in reality (Un Peacekeeping in Africa).
Due to the level of violence and crime going on in Nigeria, the Nigerian citizens are always seen as suspects whenever any crime is committed. As such Nigeria is on the red alert whenever its citizens cross the borders of any nation.
The project seeks to interrogate the Crisis and Violence that have enveloped Nigeria and the people of Niger Delta for years; how they started, what factors are responsible for them, their consequences and how to minimize the crisis.
Literature on causes of violence in Nigeria identifies many factors. Among them are selfishness, greed, injustice, politics, love of money, wealth, accumulation of wealth, revolt, repression, immorality and ignorance. One or more of these factors brought about every violent event that has taken place in Nigeria.