A pastoral missional reflection on conflict management in the Niger Delta: The impact of amnesty on citizens of the Ogba Community who are opposed to violence.
Due to the fallen nature of mankind, conflict became inevitable in the world. The ability to effectively manage conflict will lead to peace and sustainable development. However, as argued in this research the humans’ actions are not enough to bring peace to any community. The theological reflection in this research is based on a pastoral missional approach. Though conflict is inevitable, it is not totally negative unless it is negatively handled or neglected. Where people believe that conflict is bad or evil, and approach it in the same mindset, it could lead to unprecedented tragedy; in most cases it leads to excessive emotional and physical stress due to negative reactions. How we handle conflict determines its effect in our lives and societies. Cultural differences are divinely established to fulfil God’s purpose. Though this has caused certain negative worldviews in human relationships, the cross-cultural understanding is important in relationships for peaceful coexistence and progress. Peace and development are sustainable through justice for all. There are growing crises in every facet of human existence. The negative consequences of conflict that bedevil human society at all levels, could be traced to sin. People that have been living together suddenly turn against each other with cruel hatred. God created man perfectly and gave his instruction, but when man disobeyed and chose to please the self, violence became inevitable. These and many more points are issues discovered and discoursed in this research.
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