Ps. Religion will destroy Nigeria

Karl marx called religion the opium  of the people, but he forgot to add that it was going to kill them too.

Nigeria has two major religions— Islam and Christianity. And for as long as I, my father, and my grandfather can remember, Nigeria has always had religious tensions. One group is always fighting the other in the name of “God”. 

There is no problem in believing in God, there is nothing wrong with having a religion, but the problem is when you have grandiose beliefs that your religion should be the only one everyone has to belong to.  

I just finished reading “Born on a Tuesday”, a book by Elnathan John, and it ushered me into the harsh reality of the religious hold on Nigeria especially in Northern Nigeria.

According to what was portrayed in the book, northerners see any other way of life as haram, and other Nigerians with a different belief as infidels and a threat to Islam.

They are against democracy and are only concerned about imposing the Islamic values on everyone across Nigeria. When it’s time for election, all they care about is voting a Muslim candidate, not a candidate that has the best interests of the people at heart, but the candidate they feel will be useful to the Islamic  movement.

It’s so sad because it shows we don’t have any accommodation for other people’s beliefs. How can we cohabit when we don’t even respect and acknowledge each other’s way of life? 

Christians and Muslims preach against themselves.

I’m not going to go into how religion fuels terrorism, but when someone says things like “western education is bad and it’s destroying our Islamic values, we need to chase it out of our country”, you know we are fucked.

Or when someone says “we shouldn’t be unequally yoked”, you wonder if we can move forward. 

Nigeria doesn’t belong to you and your kin alone, it belongs to everybody, if you don’t like a practice, then don’t do it; don’t go about making life hard for people who love and enjoy those practices.

About Banji Coker 157 Articles
Banji Coker is a Nigerian poet, writer and spoken word artist. He is the author of two poetry compilations, Just seventeen and October feelings.

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