Issues and Prescripts for Societal Cohesion in Political Education and Socialisation in Post-COVID-19 Nigeria
The aim of this study was to determine the synergy of the impacts of political education and socialisation on political participation, as well as how the nature of the current time affects the direction and strength of certain political attitudes such as partisanship on societal cohesion of citizens, even in Post-COVID 19 Nigeria. The researcher relied on library research, while a descriptive method was used in its analysis. Cognitive mobilisation theory of political literacy, socialisation and participation as postulated by Dalton (1984), was considered suitable as the theoretical framework. The researcher argued that political education programmes significantly relate with political socialisation for citizens’ participation in politics in Nigeria. It mobilises the cognitive capacity and efficacy of individuals to process complex political events or information and engage actively in political activities. The lack of all these in Nigeria political scene, illicit anti-democratic experiences like discrimination, intimidation, voters apathy, electoral violence, irregularities and unlawful behaviours, occasioned by injustice and inequality, which are prevalent in recent times. It was recommended among others that political education and socialisation should be institutionalised or better still, introduced by starting from cradle to catching Nigerian citizens young by entrenching political education and socialisation into school curriculum from elementary to tertiary levels.