COLLAPSING FAMILY LIFE VALUES IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY: IMPLICATIONS FOR INSECURITY SITUATION IN NIGERIA
Dr. Ama Nkama Nnachi Dr Livinus Nwakwo Nwose Dr. Lawrence Otusinkama
Keywords: Family, value, contemporary, society, insecurity
Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Studies on Contemporary Issues 2020 6(2), 15-26. Published: March 11, 2023
This paper examines the collapsing family life values in our contemporary society and its likely impact on Nigeria security situation. The family is the basic unit and the microcosm of the society. Most behaviour one exhibit has foundational inclination of the family one comes from since it is the first agency of socialization where most behaviour is learnt. However, in the contemporary Nigeria society, the family has collapsed and failed in performing the fundamental socializing function as a result of many factors. The cherished values which the family inculcates into the younger members of the family have been eroded away as a result of these factors. These factors are enormous and include; childlessness, violence against women, domestic neglect, sexual infidelity, death of a husband peer influence and advancement in technology. Today, we are witnessing increase in crime rate (thuggery, examination malpractice, assassination, prostitution, human trafficking among others) which have affected the peace and security of the nation. This paper examines these factors critically and recommends among other things; creation of employment opportunity, provision of legal frame work to maintain family values, provision of basic needs of the citizens as possible steps which if followed carefully, can help reduce the rate of family collapse as well as reduce insecurity in Nigeria.