Since before the emergence of Sociology in the 19th century, human has been known to exist, thrive and prosper through the vital task of social institutions that weld masses of individual members into a united whole. In other words, the role of social solidarity is central to human existence and of human progress.
From the magnum opus of Ibn khaldun, which is Muqaddimah (translated as prolegomena) written in the 14th century to the writings of Comte and Durkheim, the concept of “social solidarity” is accorded an utmost importance that its essentiality forms the basis for group consciousness and development.
This involves a commitment of the members of society to have a sense of belonging and a feeling that the social unit is more important than individual.
From the foregoing, we can deduce that society should influence individual and not vice versa. This is why it is important for positive culture to be identified with a society not some specific members of the society. For example, culture of sincerity and integrity should have been the symbol of Nigeria not few individuals like President Buhari. Because the society is stronger than the individual, Buhari alone cannot change Nigeria but Nigeria can change Buhari. This is why he cannot easily bring development.
In view of this, I am urging my fellow Nigerians to come together and develop optimum sense of social glue or solidarity in order to develop collective consciousness and share similar culture of honesty, prudence, humanity and integrity for our country to develop.
This means that through social cohesion, we can collectively fight all social vices bedevilling Nigeria, such as corruption, insecurity, conflict and so forth.
Ahmad Bala Bakabe
Department of Sociology
Yobe State University