The National Assembly is the least trusted public institution in Nigeria, according to a recent report from the non-profit Africa Polling Institute (API).
The Nigeria Police Force, which received the infamous honor in the survey’s 2021 iteration, was replaced by the federal parliament.
Between the months of May and June, API conducted a poll with funding from the Ford Foundation.
However, the poll found that the percentage of citizens who think Nigeria will improve in the future has increased.
Positively, the study discovered that Nigeria’s Social Cohesion Index stands at 39.6%.
The idea of social cohesiveness refers to a country’s residents’ readiness to cooperate and work together in order to ensure the country’s existence and development.
The latest edition of the poll, which built on the 2019 and 2021 versions, used 13 important indicators to measure social cohesion in Nigeria and collected the attitudes and perceptions of the populace.
The indicators include identity, trust, social justice, participation and patriotism, natural resources, governance, gender equity, impunity, corruption, polarisation, peace building, coping strategies, self-worth and future expectation.
According to the poll, 81% of Nigerians believe that boys and girls should have equal access to education, and 71% believe that both sexes should be evaluated according to their credentials, competency, and track records.
However, API urged, among other things, that the federal government reinforces already-existing laws, policies, and institutions that support good governance, establish a sense of community, and make it possible for people to live fulfilling lives.
As the nation prepares for the upcoming general elections, it was also advised that residents should avoid words and deeds that can undermine the peace and unity of the nation and prevent conflicts, instability, and civil unrest.
It further stated that a national conversation was necessary to help restructure the fault lines that currently endanger our country’s existence as a whole.