A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION MODELS IN GENESIS 13:1 – 18 AND IDOFIN ODO-ASHE COMMUNITY, KWARA STATE: LESSONS FOR CRISES-RIDDEN NIGERIAN COMMUNITIES

A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION MODELS IN GENESIS 13:1 – 18 AND IDOFIN ODO-ASHE COMMUNITY, KWARA STATE: LESSONS FOR CRISES-RIDDEN NIGERIAN COMMUNITIES

Author by Dr. Theodore Uchechkwu Dickson

Journal/Publisher: Research On Humanities And Social Sciences

Volume/Edition: 2

Language: English

Pages: 201 - 210

Abstract

Conflicts abound and are inevitable. And it is not limited to any class of people or relationship. What makes the difference, however, is how we handle conflicts when they occur. This is germane since many families, communities and indeed relationships have either been torn apart or are in pain resulting from unresolved conflicts. From a comparative viewpoint, the study examined the sources and mode of conflict resolution in the Abraham vs. Lot (Gen 13) and the Idofin odo-Ashe vs. Irodo communities. From the study, we realized that the conflict between the Idofin odo-Ashe vs. Irodo communities took a serious turn which culminated in loss of life and prolonged legal battle because of selfishness and greed on the part of the Irodos, and unpatriotism on the part of the Idofin Odo-Ashe people. Although the latter finally showed a sense of patriotism, that was rather too later and also on the basis that they had nothing to lose. The Abraham vs. Lot conflict produced the opposite. While the conflict revealed Lot’s selfishness and greed, Abraham’s patriotic and selfless attitude which culminated in compromising his natural right and privileges provided permanent solution to the rift. We therefore recommended that crises-ridden communities should embrace Abraham’s unconventional approach as antidote for loss, divorce, pain and prolonged legal battles which accompany unresolved conflicts.


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