The vast majority of Nigerian are overwhelmingly theistic, believing in a omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent God who intervenes hourly in humanly affairs, issuing justices, retributions, rewards and blessings. Not least, of course, the ultimate reward of eternal life in the bossom of their god.
To this end, Nigerians spend a great deal of their spare time, financial means and mental effort in praise and worship of their God, requesting all manner of blessings from him. But the factors of the ground in Nigeria correlates so poorly with a people who are so god-fearing and pious. How can this be explain?
Why is Nigeria one of the poorest nations on earth in spite of its wealth in natural resources, talent and most importantly a particular favourite nation of God? Is God sitting up in his thrown, folded arms, watching this utter waste of his blessings? In fact, does wealth, prosperity and well-being matter to God?
Nigeria ranks about 154 on the Human development Index scale. With the exception of the USA, all the countries in the top twenty positions report generally low levels of religiosity. How ironic?
Further irony is that the very same factor that the religious claim would help alleviate their poverty, is instrumental in anchoring them to eternal poverty and slavery, mental and financial exploitation - religion. Religion and all its accoutrements robs people of the ability to be self-reliant, and the desire to see this world as their only home for which all their efforts has to be dedicated. Thus, they have encouraged the dispossessed to throw their hands up in the air and wait for blessings for heaven. The problems for which the religious pray hourly for godly intervention still continue to afflict them; crushing poverty, hunger, starvation, diseases, bad governance, poor infrastructure, poor education, etc, etc.
Such feeble and weak minded believers have been raised to think that anything happening in their lives are due to supernatural forces. Thus a student who succeeds at her exams at schools achieved this thanks to God, a businessman struggling in business is being held back due to involvement with the supernatural, someone gets a visa to go abroad is usually ascribed to the benevolence of God. Where would such stupidity end? I shall leave the last word to the African American writter, Frederick Douglass;
"I prayed for freedom twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs"