It is probably old news at this point to hear about religious crisis in different parts of the country and with the spate in recent times it has become somewhat worrisome.
Religion has been defined as the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
It has no doubt caused more harm than good in Nigeria and a lot of people have cursed out on the colonial masters for imposing it on unsuspecting citizens who lacked foresight as at the time to understand the adverse effects on the long run.
Religious fanaticism is one which has taken a turn for the worse over the years especially in the Northern part of the country and no gainsaying that thousands of lives have been lost during the process.
As a result, so many religious crisis have been birthed and with the look of things, people may not be so bothered to end the war because the subject of religion has taken a better part of their reasoning.
The society is filled with people of different religious backgrounds which range from Christianity to Islam and then to the bunch of people who are not bothered by neither the former nor the later because they have supposedly realized that there is more to life than being a religious fanatic.
While the Christians are bound by the dictates of the Holy Bible and are inundated with the teachings about Jesus Christ and how to follow His path, the Muslims on the other hand live all their lives practicing what Qur’an stipulates and usually exhibit so much doggedness in following the footsteps of Holy Prophet Mohammed.
From so much analysis on events happening across the country, it might be safe to conclude that religious segregation and not religious diversity tends to be the problem with Nigeria because people pride their own beliefs as superior as against those of others notwithstanding the practices that are sometimes not acceptable in an ideal sense.
While the Christian Bible says: “Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers”, the Koran (Sura 4:91) enjoins: “They wish that you disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them.”
Even among the Christians, there is so much discrimination birthed by the differences in doctrines. In fact, it is a commonplace to hear a Christian vow not to have anything to do with someone who is not from their denomination.
This for sure has created more room for confusion and as a result, a lot of people who can no longer handle the confusions may finally decide to be free minded instead of being bound by beliefs that are not quite relatable to them.
In Nigeria for instance, quite a handful of persons have become inconsistent in their beliefs due to growing problems that abound in the country despite past devotions by religious fanatics.
To some of these persons, it is as good as not having a belief in anything since nothing tends to be working differently as hoped and they fail to understand the concept of persistence.
This doesn’t necessarily discourage religion in any way, but a move to encourage people to extend a hand of tolerance towards other people’s beliefs no matter how abstract they may look.
Sincerely, Nigeria would have been a safe haven if people from different religious backgrounds shun sentiments and rather learn to tolerate one another.
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