Power and fanaticism in Nigeria

letterSIR: The problem of Nigeria dates back to the colonial era, when the caliphate and the emirates did not want Christian missionaries to come to their own territories.

How could another religion come after they had successfully routed adherents of African Traditional Religion (ATR)? And if you know how the Igbo Christians have been ruthless against adherents of ATR, you know it has nothing to do with Jesus Christ who saw Good Samaritans among the Gentiles.

In Yorubaland, both Christians and Muslims attack adherents of ATR in those days in Osogbo, continually in Iwo, Ibadan, Iseyin, Sagamu, Okitipupa, etc.

Why? Christianity and Islam are territorial religions, imbued with power, and power goes with wealth acquisition by the elite that control it.

Christians and Muslims lie that ATR divinities are God’s rivals, even though they are God’s agents or ministers, as Prof. Emmanuel Bolaji Idowu rightly calls them.

Christianity and Islam are territorial religions, imbued with power, and power goes with wealth acquisition by the elite that control it. Christians and Muslims lie that ATR divinities are God’s rivals, even though they are God’s agents or ministers, as Prof. Emmanuel Bolaji Idowu rightly calls them.

Christians and Muslims call the divinities “gods”, even though the Supreme Being has no diminutive English equivalence of God. Even if the divinities were God’s rivals which they are not, could God not handle His own rivals by Himself? In Yorubaland, the Muslims appeal to people: Ẹbáwadásít’Ọlọ́run – the Christian equivalence of F’owó rẹ yin Ọlórun–use your money to serve God (or is it the pastor?).

No, God who owns the world cannot be a beggar; it is human beings who beg. The main issue, however, is for Christians and Muslims to respect Nigeria’s secularity, and allow Nigeria to be for all Nigerians, irrespective of faith or creed.

We now know that God had nothing to do with the crusade and jihad wars that Christians and Muslims had used and are still using, even in many universities, to cow fellow human beings.

Islam restricts hajj to Muslims who can afford it; why are Nigerian rulers spending public funds for that? Nigeria’s constitution stipulates Nigeria as a secular state, why are the elected politicians politicising religion, and catering for pilgrimages and religious festivals when they cannot cater for the people supposedly put under their care by the Supreme Being? Are people who cannot afford three, even one good meal a day less important than those going on pilgrimage in foreign lands?



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  • OkwuBndu

    Mr.Pius Abioje thanks a million for the above piece “Power and Fanaticism in Nigeria” . The basic problem is that most human beings are hypocrites concerning the issue of God, the Creator of all, the Supreme Being and how to truly worship HIM. The hypocrisy and humanity’s selfish nature, coupled with ignorance, leads mankind to false religion and the desire to enslave the less brutal in society for purely economic advantage. That’s why both the European and the Arab world’s would try to use “religion” to subjugate the African by all means. While the colonial Europeans, claiming to be “Christian” but partially disobeying Christ’s major injunction, the Arab Moslems had rejected Christ’s message of universal love in founding their separate religion after the advent of the Christ Jesus. Both are invaders against the Indigenous Africans and her resources purely for economic advantages. The only salvation for the Africans and indeed the whole world is to earnestly seek the “Truth” about the Supreme Being and His creation, man, in His image and likeness. For he who knows that truth as the Christ admonishes can neither be subjugated nor exploited, but is set free from the bondage of ignorance, false worship and exploitation by another. The Truth is already revealed for those who really hunger for it. Meanwhile erroneous worshipers would end up in self destruction for error can never endure irrespective of its material machinations.

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