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Why Are Nigerians Quick To Praise God For Their Ill-gotten Wealth?

I have a friend who thanks and praises God everyday for the period he was employed at NNPC, whilst there, he was able to buy himself a house and other luxuries one can imagine. To be candid, the assets he acquired would probably have taken a diligent and honest employee a lifetime to achieve. My problem is why does he think that was God's doing, why does he believe it was God's intention for him to be in a position where he can corruptly enrich himself. This I find very common amongst Nigerians. We thank God for what the proceeds of corruption and crime have gotten us, what is it that makes us think it's Gods plan? or Could it be ?

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ordinarily yes and that is what happened in naija until the mid/late 70s.

But not anymore with the vast majority of naija workers because the monthly salary cannot even take you to month end for basics of food, shelter & clothing.

This feeds corruption and the twisted philosophy starting in the 80s of "if you can't beat them, join them". 20 years on & the results are glaring for all to see- dilapidated infrastructures, unemployment, crimes etc.

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Nigerians who do yahoo yahoo will praise God when them don catch mugu, A pastor will praise God for the church contribution that he will use for his own selfishness, our corrupt immigration officers at our international airports will praise God after them don do a good days business of taking bribes. Nigerians only praise God for their own selfishness. We are all bloody hypocrites.

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@anonimi

By carefully investing in appropriate financial vehicles over 30 years should provide enough wealth.

@Others

I am enjoying your comments.

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I think you have a point there - it wouldn't be fair to compare Naija's problems with the case of China. We all seem to see these matters in relative light, though.

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my bruva in real life chinese economy is suppose to beat that of briton and of rica's afterall china is one of the colonial masters in the world,i think you should'nt compare naija and china,our problems started from the colonian master,where is chinese problem from?correct me if am wrong

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I wonder oo

But i think it is because every manliness and harry worship wealth not minding the source. There may be few exceptions.

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Gbam. I thought so as well.

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Ok, may I suggest a different approach to looking at this issue? The theists argue that God is active in the world and participates and intervene in human and earthy affairs. If that were so, it would have been possible to ascribe certain world events to direct action of God, correct?

Ok, let us start by taking the clock back 10000 years. In what follows, God means the Abrahamic God.

1) Do we know of any nations, states, or peoples who have directly benefited from the hand of God?

2) Were there any civilizations that prospered without them being worshipers of God?

4000, 2000, 1500, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 0 Years ago

3) Were there any world civilizations that were flourishing without being committed to God?

4) Were they civilizations that were floundering as a result of committment to God?

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and had to chip this in. . .

those who blame God for every ill man encounters are as guilty as those who don't use their God-given resources to combat and rectify those ills.

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had to pick this up

but it still stands that the Chinese still get abused human rights wise, it's not a friggin' competition between both countries as to who gets more abused. you state they (the Chinese) have been doing well. the question is How well and how do you define Well?

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@mazaje,

I sort of noticed that when people are too lazy to think, they make such allegations.

Calling upon God to change the situation of a country does not mean that people should not work hard at directly confronting social ills. I think that has to be stressed as well. What I don't understand from people thinking the way you do is to base all your ideas on either God or nothing else - which goes to show that you may be deliberately ignoring other factors that go along with nation building. I asked you directly about this issue sometime ago - I never got an answer; and yet I did not accuse you of evading issues.

I have had the privilege of visiting that country (Finland), and if I had not, it's been in the news that while the country may do well economically, it does not mean it has been able to manage its social ills.

Who have been carrying out these human rights abuses to such proportions in Nigeria? And is it any milder in the Chinese case?

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They are doing FAR better than nigeria which is the most god dependent country in the world which i know. . . . . . .

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Don't be such a teaser. They are doing "quite well" - how many of them have been shown to be doing "quite well" after the olympics? How do you measure "doing quite well" if the Chinese government maltreats its own people?

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One of my friends and neighbours, a family from Nigeria believes that the ultimate arbiter for the problems of Nigeria, is God. He believes that at some point in the near future, God will intervene and fix Nigeria's problems. I say to him, half jokingly, that the problem with Nigeria is that it is inhabited by Nigerians.

Can anyone point to any country in the world where the distinctive hand of God can be identified as having help the country through its travails?

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because the lives of nigerians revolve around god/gods. . . . . . .

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maybe he's praising mammon.

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Why couldn't it be the plan of their god. The one they worship. Afterall it is by their fruits that you shall know them. This world is populated with so many gods.

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