Nigeria as a country is religious, this is a fact and as evidence millions of people are seen at worship centres every Friday and Sundays. Most Nigerians believe in a deity of some kind with the two-main religion being Christianity and Islam. What do we know about being a Muslim or a Christian in Nigeria? Both religion preach love, peace and harmony and to a large extent, there is very minimal radicalism or extremism hence to a large extent we co-exist as best as possible and are generally more tolerant of each other’s religion. While Christians may not approve of Islam as a religion and vice versa we’ll generally still respect each other’s religious values.
I don’t know about many other people, growing up my Muslim parents would make chicken and we’ll have drinks at home at Christmas and my dad’s Christian friends would turn up and celebrate Eid with us. In school my closest friends were Christians and while we’d spend a huge part of our breaks discussing religion and attempt to explain to each other why one religion was better than the other, we did not have any ill feelings towards one another. Your faith did not make you different, it was simply your faith.
Fast forward to adulthood, the country is in disarray and I have been pondering on the essence of being religious, yet morals seem to be scarce. How could there be so much corruption in a nation where everyone is taught to be honest and love one another?
Islam teaches peace, love and charity while Christianity was founded on love.
Islam teaches peace, love and charity at the core of its principles while Christianity as a religion was founded on one fundamental principle; love. I fail to understand how these things are the key things we are missing in our nation today. It’s simple really, if you love other people;
- You will not steal from them
- You will not engage in activities that could harm them
- You will give to them from your excess
With religious buildings springing up in every corner and preachers becoming powerful beyond measure becoming extremely rich at the expense of poor members, there is simply one thing I can’t find among us; and it’s this love we preach.
Religion has failed!
I’m at a cross road now, I cannot determine if there is any purpose for religion. Religion failed, and I wonder if common human decency can be called upon to save the day. Countries with a lot less religion and resources than Nigeria operate efficiently just because they care about each other.
I encourage us to love our neighbours a bit more, love God in the confines of your home and maybe in future when religion grows a bit more conscience we can try again to be collectively religious as these churches and mosques have failed.
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