Friday, January 8, 2010
Nigerian Headache: All Signs Point to the North (part one) By Eucharia
Call it Whiteman effect, call it religious fundamentalism, call it Animal worshippers, or African Traditional religion, Africa before the White man took shine on its soil with chains and guns, Bible and Quran, Jesus and Mohamed, , Africans were peaceful, loving and relatively straightforward people. As a result, Africa was privileged to welcome both Christianity and Islam as world religions. This appropriation of African emotional energies in these two world religions has propelled many Africans to invest much of their thoughts and activities on things Christian, Muslim or cultural. These two belief systems must be systematically organized to give meaning to social life of the Africans to build a just and stable society. Unfortunately, this noble idea of building community and changing human lives was aborted and thwarted by bigoted religious extremism. Such act of fundamentalism has brought into the African society division, bigotry and violence. And the consequences of this situation now put Nigeria on the spot. .
It has been rough for all Nigerians of good standing to continue to keep smiles on our faces when Nigerian nears a zero down slope as the nation’s fate is being debated as a terrorist nation caused by miserable diversity fight of control, power, conquer and rule. All because one segment of the country feels it is their birth right to cow others, while at the same time there is zero credibility to paint themselves the sole authority of patriotism. Reflecting on what just happened with respect to the young Northern Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, on his attempt to blow up the Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan, it is clear to all that, all things considered, our attention on issues of primary importance in Africa, are currently undercut by this reported act of terrorism. It highlights the unhealthy relationship between religion and violence in Nigeria and brings to the surface what Umar Farouk Abdulmuttallab represents and the implications of his botched airline scandal for Nigeria, the Nigerian people and for Nigerian-American relations in the Age of Obama.. One of the consequences of religious violence and its effect on Nigerian society is the pollution in the moral life of the country. And its pervasiveness has affected the mental world of many people in the northern part of the country. Such a characterization is not grounded in ethnic or regional bias; rather, it is based on my careful analysis of the political maneuvers of the Northern religious leaders and their politicians. Religion in the North has become a political football more than any other ethnic groups in Nigeria. As a result of this development the nation is now psychologically overwhelmed by the desire of certain leaders from the North to do whatever they think is worthy doing to hold onto power.
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