By A.D Amanfo Esq.
“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”
I can’t help but shudder at the religious Hypocrisy Nigerians have attained. We always feel we are one moral step ahead of the rest of the world on religious and moral matters. We hear words like “that’s not how we Nigerians do it”. We are Nigerians o…. “We don’t know what gay marriage is… It is alien to our culture” or we hear on a daily basis so many sanctimoniously coined phrases and statements which tend to place us on a high moral and religious pedestal above the rest of the world. We always act like we are HOLIER than the Pope and like we are the Israelites of the new generation.
Often times we cast aspersion on the way and manner the west do their things or live their lives. We voice out so much holiness and purity to the assertion that it is the west who have corrupted our holy nation and brought evil ways and set satanic patterns for our children to follow. Yet we forget that it is the same west that introduced The religion that most of us practice.
It is in Nigeria you will find the worst practice of religious fanaticism and extremism. At least the two major religions are the worst culprits. This can be garnered from the strict interpretation of the holy books without recourse to the prevailing factors where which the society finds itself. We dwell Majorly on the laws therein without separating the laws that could only work in the society where which the people of old found themselves. We oftentimes ignore the divine revelation of Grace and liberty in salvation whilst we dwell majorly on the curses that follow the Law and make religion seem like a very hard nut to crack.
Before I digress, the facts speak for themselves and it is obvious that we are not as sanctimonious as we portray ourselves to be.
We are known to be one of the most corrupt nations and the “polithieftians” who carry out these corrupt acts are staunch members of major religious bodies and groups. We insult Americans and the west for legally selling guns yet crime excels each day in Nigeria as university cult groups butcher each other on a daily basis.
The other day it’s was an Igbo woman beheaded in Kano in the name of religion, only yesterday it was the story of two “fake”pastors engaged in homosexual acts, the list is endless as so many crimes are committed all in and out of the name of God, but only recently one of these stories caught my attention it is the story of three house of representative members who went on an official duty to the demon infested illuminati United States of America but decided to export their Holy randiness with them by carrying along a high divine libido and sanctimonious penchant for patronizing prostitutes along with them.
It would have been expected that these saintly humans from the religious state of Nigeria would have been the ones to carry on the message of Morality over to Satan’s own headquarters, however it seems to be the other way round as they were not only caught pants down but they are facing a ban on their visas into satan’s territory.
In my opinion we Nigerians need to get down from our high horse of hypocritical Morality and do a deep search for that true religion without being judgmental. Matthew 7:5 says “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
We should be honest with ourselves, if the same randiness and misconduct of these three musketeers House of Representatives members were committed in our Holy state of Nigeria, will the Nigerian Police even invite them for questioning? Your guess is as good as mine… Perhaps all they did was a very normal thing in the eyes of the Holy and religious State of Nigeria where they just allegedly groped a female hotel employee and Solicited for sex whilst also trying to Patronize Prostitutes.
Finally , let me borrow a lead from the scriptures….”let him who thinks he stands take heed, lest he fall” Yakata.