The brokenness of socio-political systems, not to mention lack of knowledge of self, is a reason for the propagation of religion – especially in its most harmful variations.
In the run-up to the 2015 Nigerian gubernatorial and presidential elections and in its aftermath, it turned out that a lot of civil servants were not paid salaries. For months. Yet, they were still expected to turn up at work. Some of them took to praying that “the hearts of the employers would be touched”.
I don’t understand this kind of prayer … or the mindset that would encourage one to make such a supplication.
A man is assassinated in cold blood. The police do nothing – they don’t even bother to file the report that was made. Probably chucked the paper, for the lady selling akara to find and use. Then, someone vigorously asserts, “The people who did this, are cursed. My god will never let them go unpunished. That is my prayer.”
If the police did their jobs, would there be a need for the unnecessary expending of energy, used to rant about ‘divine punishment’?
A young woman is sexually harassed by her university lecturer. She has nobody to report to, because even his superior wants her body. So, a student who should be studying, takes to praying. All day and night. Even when she has a test, the following day – because she knows the unscrupulous lecturer will fail her, anyway.
If the system worked, would there be any need for such ‘religious gymnastics’?
The examination results of an intelligent young man, are sold.
A doctor’s negligence leads to the death of a patient.
A woman puts up with her husband’s philandering and violence.
A 15year-old, who is mandated to attend counselling in church, to rid her of so-called demons, is raped.
A widow becomes destitute after being brainwashed into believing that the more she gives to the church, the harder god will be on her late husband’s terrible relatives, who appropriated all his wealth, hours after his death.
The list is endless … and each story is horrific.
When certain things that citizenry of a country are entitled to take for granted, are not provided, people feel compelled to … pray hard. In their minds, there has to be a reason, a divine plan – to make sense of the madness. There has to be some sort of reward for their suffering.
Broken systems do a lot more harm than good.
Because instead of handling our business, taking personal responsibility for our actions and outcomes, we look to something we cannot see, to blame for or fix our situation.
Copyright ©Chioma Nnani