Manipulation of Nigerian Religion and Politics
RReligion is a socio-cultural system of behaviors, beliefs, practices, moral worldviews, texts, prophecies, ethics, hallowed places, rituals and designated organizations, which connects humanity to supernatural, transcendental and spiritual elements. It describes the relationship of human beings with what is considered holy, sacred, absolute, divine and worthy of special reverence. In modern societies where liberty and freedom take center stage, religion is viewed as a personal relationship and interaction with what he or she believed in, as a deity worthy of worship. The democratic system gave everyone freedom of religion. In Nigeria, although there are still traces of traditional ancestor worship and atheistic religions that are indigenous to most African societies, the two major and dominant religions are Islam and Christianity.
These two religious systems are considered by their adherents to have a common divine origin and Abrahamic roots, as well as a monotheistic faith. And therefore, they all generate their divinity and inspiration from scriptural sources, and all scriptures are considered to be words of God. This is why the religions of Islam and Christianity preach faith, high moral values and sublime attitudes. They order what is good and forbid what is evil. Virtues such as peace, tolerance, love, honesty, integrity, faithfulness, loyalty, generosity, sincerity, humanity, humility, understanding, trust, mercy , compassion, righteousness and piety are greatly appreciated, promoted, encouraged and motivated. These are considered divine attributes. While on the other hand, the vices of hatred, envy, wickedness, lying, wickedness, brutality, insensitivity and hypocrisy are considered evil, evil and satanic , and are therefore hated, abhorred and abominated.
In all the state institutions mentioned above, no one represents their religious organization, but they represent all their constituents which are mostly comprised of Nigerians of various religious inclinations. If religion was never an issue in the above, why is it becoming an issue now in political contests? Why the new political lexicons of Muslim-Muslim, Christian-Muslim, Muslim-Christian or Christian-Christian tickets?
Whatever religion a politician espouses, his understanding of our national problems, his ability to propose workable solutions, and his commitment to implementing the solutions for the shared well-being and prosperity of all should be our concern. It is time for Nigerians, especially the youth, to break free from this psychological penitentiary in which they are locked up. In my local dialect, it was said that “a spoonful of water is enough for the wise to bathe”.
Usman Aliyu Elnafaty writes from Bauchi