RELIGION MY FOOT!


Various reports suggest that Nigerians are the most religious people on earth; one reports majority (52%) are Muslims, Christians (46%) and others (2%)[i], another reliable research has it that Muslims are 50%, Christians 40% and practitioners of indigenous beliefs, 10%[ii]. Nevertheless, despite her proven religiousity, the country is still in shackles of vices, corruption and unbearable immorality, to mention but a few.

Religion is simply “observing spiritual rules and activities for tradition’s sake.” It’s a man-made way of connecting to the Supreme Being. I believe no matter the religion one professes, it should be an avenue to advocate HUMANKIND and not a way to destroy it. Owing to the report above, it’s right to deduce that at least 85% of her people attend a religious service at least once a week and, that amounts to four times a month and fifty two times in a year. Despite this statistics, Nigeria is morally bankrupt.

Right from our places of worship, hypocrisy and religiousity is the order of the day.
If we had a somewhat responsible government, I am sure there would be a drastic reduction in church attendance. Try making a visit to the developed nations like Scotland, Netherlands, Canada and Italy; you will be shocked at their religious attendance, it will be your lucky day to find up to ten (10) people in a cathedral. In fact, the worship houses are been converted for other non-religious purposes. Germany I heard is worse; Sunday morning is a time for her citizens to go ‘worship’ at the pubs and drink to stupor, partly because their government and technological advancement can meet their necessities.

Here in Nigeria, we still require pastoral services to cast out ‘the spirit of malaria’, pray against ‘blood sucking demon’ on Nigeria’s pot-hole-strewn road not to have accidents, ‘anoint’ against water borne diseases, ‘bless’ a corrupt soul to crookedly get awarded a contract and probably fast and pray for a student who woefully failed his/her examination to get admitted into the university.

Enough of hypocrisy in church, where the general maxim is ‘sin but don’t get caught’. Those who fornicate or commits adultery gets promoted after several abortion because he/she still mumble in some unknown tongue but the one who keeps the pregnancy is open to public ridicule, demotion and peradventure excommunication.

The pastor or imam gets to live extravagant lifestyles after they cunningly reap off their members but sacks a member of staff who takes unapproved crumbs off his table. The religious leaders condemn those in government when the politicians readily witness the wicked do-or-die politics of greater dimension in the religious arenas. This is no time to plead not guilty like a footballer who after fouling an opponent quickly raises his hands in innocence. This is a time for sober reflection and repentance.

Think about your co-workers, most of them attend one church or the other and yet they are involved in one fraud, extra-marital affairs and some other vices. The question I ask is why professing religion if it won’t affect your character and morals? Oh we love to cover our cars, wall and doors with various church stickers/emblem and yet, most non-religious folks are far better than us morally.

What’s the essence of your faith if your neighbor would be worse-off? What is the meaning of your religion if it cannot better the lot of society and immediate environment? Methinks the Supreme Being is tired of religiousity. Enough of this Fast food Christianity; over here you ‘come in and get what you want,’ over there, ‘beggars’ parading themselves as Christians. Much onus lies with the Archbishops, Pastors, Chief Imam, and every religious leader to sensitize their patrons on good citizenry.

Enough of unleashing mayhem by some few disgruntled Islamic extremist at any slightest opportunity, who and what caused this stupidity? Let arrest and lock up these erroneous teachers. He who device a means of killing fellow human is not worthy of living in that society, tolerance is key to unity. Everybody should be allowed to practise the faith he/she believes to the extent where it doesn’t abuse the constitutional right of others.

Each faith should have free hand to operate and spread its message, it’s left to the discretion of the receiver of such message to determine what’s good for them. Never should anyone be brought under the law of any religion he/she does not practise, that’s what the constitutionally recognized freedom of religion is all about.

Enough of government determining the religion of the people, the church/mosque should be visibly separated from the state, enough of forced sharia because Nigeria is a secular-muilti-religious state. Enough of hypocrisy of the highest order where a sharia state governor embezzles millions of Naira and no reprove from the authority, one even married an under-aged girl and nothing was done about it, yet the hapless citizen who because of hunger steals groceries had his arms amputated. What an injustice? What hypocrisy?

Let purge ourselves of all mendaciousness so that this country can move forward. There is a search in history, vacancy exist for those who would use their faith to further justice, social change, persevere religiously and fight for freedom of speech.

Lastly I want you to ponder on the writings of Festus Adedayo’s ‘Flickers’ published in the National Life of Saturday, 24th October 2009 titled “interrogating our state of despair” it reads in part “…one of the ways our country have circumvented the indolence and conspiracy of both government and nature is to run to theories of hope for succor…while the Pastors and Imams squeeze the little the people have to buy the latest automobile and jets, breakfast in Madrid, lunching in Lisbon and dinning in Paris, the agony of the people continue unabated…no matter the number of certificates you acquire you cannot be immune to the pestilence of quacks of theology…when will a messiah come this way”?

The answer to Festus’s concluding question is right here. What more do we need? The religious leaders directing a religious people should use their various glare of influence as a medium to effect change, speak and stand by the truth without fear of losing their precious affluence. Apparently, everything seems to be busting at the seams but in this State of hopelessness and despair, our theologians can still garner their resources to mobilize a religious people for this social and spiritual task.


[i] Demographics of Nigeria- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. http://en.http.wikipedia.org/wiki/demographics_of_nigeria

[ii] Bureau of Democracy, Human Right, and Labour- International Religious Freedom Report 2009 http://www.state.gov/g/drl/irf/2009/127249.htm

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Various reports suggest that Nigerians are the most religious people on earth; one reports majority (52%) are Muslims, Christians (46%) and others (2%)[i], another reliable research has it that Muslims are 50%, Christians 40% and practitioners of indigenous beliefs, 10%[ii]. Nevertheless, despite her proven religiousity, the country is still in shackles of vices, corruption and unbearable immorality, to mention but a few.

Religion is simply “observing spiritual rules and activities for tradition’s sake.” It’s a man-made way of connecting to the Supreme Being. I believe no matter the religion one professes, it should be an avenue to advocate HUMANKIND and not a way to destroy it. Owing to the report above, it’s right to deduce that at least 85% of her people attend a religious service at least once a week and, that amounts to four times a month and fifty two times in a year. Despite this statistics, Nigeria is morally bankrupt.

Right from our places of worship, hypocrisy and religiousity is the order of the day.
If we had a somewhat responsible government, I am sure there would be a drastic reduction in church attendance. Try making a visit to the developed nations like Scotland, Netherlands, Canada and Italy; you will be shocked at their religious attendance, it will be your lucky day to find up to ten (10) people in a cathedral. In fact, the worship houses are been converted for other non-religious purposes. Germany I heard is worse; Sunday morning is a time for her citizens to go ‘worship’ at the pubs and drink to stupor, partly because their government and technological advancement can meet their necessities.

Here in Nigeria, we still require pastoral services to cast out ‘the spirit of malaria’, pray against ‘blood sucking demon’ on Nigeria’s pot-hole-strewn road not to have accidents, ‘anoint’ against water borne diseases, ‘bless’ a corrupt soul to crookedly get awarded a contract and probably fast and pray for a student who woefully failed his/her examination to get admitted into the university.

Enough of hypocrisy in church, where the general maxim is ‘sin but don’t get caught’. Those who fornicate or commits adultery gets promoted after several abortion because he/she still mumble in some unknown tongue but the one who keeps the pregnancy is open to public ridicule, demotion and peradventure excommunication.

The pastor or imam gets to live extravagant lifestyles after they cunningly reap off their members but sacks a member of staff who takes unapproved crumbs off his table. The religious leaders condemn those in government when the politicians readily witness the wicked do-or-die politics of greater dimension in the religious arenas. This is no time to plead not guilty like a footballer who after fouling an opponent quickly raises his hands in innocence. This is a time for sober reflection and repentance.

Think about your co-workers, most of them attend one church or the other and yet they are involved in one fraud, extra-marital affairs and some other vices. The question I ask is why professing religion if it won’t affect your character and morals? Oh we love to cover our cars, wall and doors with various church stickers/emblem and yet, most non-religious folks are far better than us morally.

What’s the essence of your faith if your neighbor would be worse-off? What is the meaning of your religion if it cannot better the lot of society and immediate environment? Methinks the Supreme Being is tired of religiousity. Enough of this Fast food Christianity; over here you ‘come in and get what you want,’ over there, ‘beggars’ parading themselves as Christians. Much onus lies with the Archbishops, Pastors, Chief Imam, and every religious leader to sensitize their patrons on good citizenry.

Enough of unleashing mayhem by some few disgruntled Islamic extremist at any slightest opportunity, who and what caused this stupidity? Let arrest and lock up these erroneous teachers. He who device a means of killing fellow human is not worthy of living in that society, tolerance is key to unity. Everybody should be allowed to practise the faith he/she believes to the extent where it doesn’t abuse the constitutional right of others.

Each faith should have free hand to operate and spread its message, it’s left to the discretion of the receiver of such message to determine what’s good for them. Never should anyone be brought under the law of any religion he/she does not practise, that’s what the constitutionally recognized freedom of religion is all about.

Enough of government determining the religion of the people, the church/mosque should be visibly separated from the state, enough of forced sharia because Nigeria is a secular-muilti-religious state. Enough of hypocrisy of the highest order where a sharia state governor embezzles millions of Naira and no reprove from the authority, one even married an under-aged girl and nothing was done about it, yet the hapless citizen who because of hunger steals groceries had his arms amputated. What an injustice? What hypocrisy?

Let purge ourselves of all mendaciousness so that this country can move forward. There is a search in history, vacancy exist for those who would use their faith to further justice, social change, persevere religiously and fight for freedom of speech.

Lastly I want you to ponder on the writings of Festus Adedayo’s ‘Flickers’ published in the National Life of Saturday, 24th October 2009 titled “interrogating our state of despair” it reads in part “…one of the ways our country have circumvented the indolence and conspiracy of both government and nature is to run to theories of hope for succor…while the Pastors and Imams squeeze the little the people have to buy the latest automobile and jets, breakfast in Madrid, lunching in Lisbon and dinning in Paris, the agony of the people continue unabated…no matter the number of certificates you acquire you cannot be immune to the pestilence of quacks of theology…when will a messiah come this way”?

The answer to Festus’s concluding question is right here. What more do we need? The religious leaders directing a religious people should use their various glare of influence as a medium to effect change, speak and stand by the truth without fear of losing their precious affluence. Apparently, everything seems to be busting at the seams but in this State of hopelessness and despair, our theologians can still garner their resources to mobilize a religious people for this social and spiritual task.


[i] Demographics of Nigeria- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. http://en.http.wikipedia.org/wiki/demographics_of_nigeria

[ii] Bureau of Democracy, Human Right, and Labour- International Religious Freedom Report 2009 http://www.state.gov/g/drl/irf/2009/127249.htm

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