Nigeria: A Country Where Religion Is Being Used As An Instrument Of Perpetrating Fraud And Exploitation!

I had often wondered if Karl Marx had a vision of present-day Nigeria when he postulated that religion is the opium of the masses.

In the world today, Nigeria is often regarded as the most religious nation on earth. Every nook and cranny is dotted with spires, domes, and turrets. Churches and mosques undulate to calls to prayer and evangelical music. A pilgrimage to Mecca and Jerusalem is a badge of religious devotion sought after with great zeal alongside much-needed appellations like Alhaji, Bishop, Pastor, and Deacon.

Ordinarily, one would expect with this spread of churches and mosques that there should be an accompanying growth in morals in society, but this is not the case. The religious boom has been paralleled by a growth of a far less desirable kind. A decline in moral values creates an intriguing spectacle of more religion and less morality. A particular pastor normally comes to Harmony F.M, Ilorin, every Tuesday night to advertise his ministry. The last ten minutes of the program are usually dedicated to receiving calls from people seeking spiritual healing.

This man will be telling the prospective callers who are behind their ordeal(s) on air. How is that possible in a sane society? Is it everyone that calls that has spiritual problems? I refuse to be bamboozled by this dubious act. The majority of those miracles are stage-managed in order to look real. Don't be surprised that those callers are members of his fraud syndicate! He's not alone in this fraudulent act. There are so many Muslim clerics that are equally guilty of this.

Don't be surprised that the majority of them belong to one occultic group or the other and are just using the name of God to camouflage their nefarious activities. If truly they can cure deafness and dumbness, why do we still have some many "schools for the handicap" across the federation? They use phrases such as "Thou shall not judge" and "Touch not my anointed" to cripple people's sense of reasoning. As far as I'm concerned in Nigeria today, there's nobody like God anointed. It's only in Nigeria where religious leaders used the congregation's donations to buy cars and build mansions, yet most of the congregation lives in rented apartments. It's only in Nigeria where housewives respect their Imams and pastors more than their husbands. It's only in Nigeria where the congregation's donations will be used to build a university, yet the children of the donors will not be able to attend such an institution out of wisdom or foolishness.

Corruption, teenage pregnancy, rituals et al. are on the increase, yet nothing is being done to stop it. There's a profound dissonance between the spread of religion and moral decline that has promoted corruption from a malaise confined to the epochal heights of governance to a full-blown social plague. The more we think like someone whose telencephalon is working, the better. We should stop worshipping human beings and concentrate on our supplications to God.

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