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Religion has robbed us of out humanity, common sense

01 August 2016, 11:42 Hussain Obaro

Although the 1999 constitution affirms Nigeria as a secular rather than a multi religious state in clear contradiction of the fact that the nation’s anthems contains religious phrases like “oh God of creation” and “so help me God” which obviously recognizes the supremacy and existence of God, the same that is preached by the two major religions in the country, Islam and Christianity. It is out of place for anyone to continue to describe Nigeria as a secular state when there’s always a religion consideration in all that we do and faith is given due cognizance in our day to day dealings. The fact that ours is a multi religious society is evident in the fact that we always make place for religion even in matters in which we shouldn’t. It’s been almost impossible to separate religion from politics since our existence as a nation. The creation of the Muslims and Christians pilgrims welfare boards is a pointer to the extent to which even the government attaches value to matters of religion. Majority of the states in Nigeria makes sure that both religions are duly represented in the choice of a governor and deputy governor and at the presidential level all the political parties are always conscious of the fact that a presidential candidate and his/her running mate both of the same religion wouldn’t fly. 

Unfortunately, rather than adhere to the teachings of Islam and Christianity which duels more on humanity, peaceful coexistence and kindness, Nigerians have allowed religion to continue to be a dividing factor rather than a unifier. Whenever we are in need of a mechanic to fix our broken down vehicles, a plumber to fix our leaking pipes, a shoe cobbler to shine our shoes, an hair stylist to make our hair, a cosmetologist to make up our face or do our pedicure/manicure, a carpenter to fix or put up our furniture, an electrician to fix our electrical faults or appliances, a fashion designer to make new dresses or mend a torn one, or an interior designer to give our interiors a face-lift we usually care less whether the artisan or technician is a Christian or Muslim or if the person shares the same religious inclination or not, all we care about is his/her expertise and the quality of job that is delivered. One wonders why we haven’t been able to transfer this kind of spirit into all our interpersonal relations in Nigeria.

The Muslim Hijab (female veil) or Niqab is not just an Islamic religious symbol and identity; it’s garments of feminine modesty and outfits that conceals the outward beauty of females and preserve them for their husbands alone, and to maintain the chastity and pride of womanhood. Muslims female in the United States of America whether a kindergartener or a woman finishing a doctorate in college are allowed to wear Hijab in schools and are protected under the constitutional right to freedom of religion, the same right which is equally enshrined in the Nigerian 1999 constitution. Any school that violates the rights comes under Federal Lawsuit. Organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) makes sure those religious rights in schools are respected as well as makes sure that schools do not endorse any particular religion. In addition to protecting the rights of girls to wear hijab it also allows for other religious articles such as the Jewish yarmulke and jewelry with the Star of David, it also protects the rights of Christians to wear the Cross. It guarantees that reasonable accommodations be made for students’ religions, So Muslims wanting to make their five daily prayers must be allowed to pray in school.                            

However, schools in the USA are free to make certain requirements about a student’s hijab. For example, schools that require Uniforms can require that a hijab be a specific color. Nursing and Medical Schools can require that hijab be a specific color (usually white) and that it be tight fitting and be tucked in so that there are no ends hanging which could transfer disease from one patient to the others. Its therefore sad that as students and Muslim females in general are allowed to use the hijab if they so wish in a country like America without any form of protest from their Christian counterpart, similar gesture in Nigeria from the government of the state of Osun is causing a stir and an unnecessary uprising. It’s been reported that the state’s chapter of the Christian association of Nigeria (CAN) have been at loggerhead with the state government, asking for a reversal of a policy which does nobody no harm or infringes on the fundamental human right of anyone but simply allows for freedom and rights of religion which is already being guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution.

Islam and Christianity are not only the most closely related and most similar regions in the world merely because both regional peaches peaceful co-existence, love and humanity, the facts that the Holy books of the Muslims and Christians i.e  Quran and Bible contains similar texts, stories and parables. Jesus Christ is mentioned in the Quran and most of the Islamic prophets were mentioned in the Bible. And both religions recognize God as the creator of the heavens, the earth, mankind and all other creatures (living and non-living) and in the supremacy of God as the Almighty.

It is funny and ironical how many Christians and non- Muslims in Nigeria regularly travels to Dubai (UAE) for pleasure and business without being conscious of the fact that that country is purely an Islamic nation with full implementation of the Sharia law. We tolerate and relate with the Muslims over there and obey their sharia laws but we have refused to do same with our own brethren back home in Nigeria just because they are Muslims. We cannot continue to complain that our nation isn’t moving forward as fast as it should when we are still sharply divided along religious line. The Nigerian economy cannot witness a boom when religious consideration come first in making appointments, and giving out contracts rather than expertise, commitment and competence. What happened in Osun state is a testament to the extent to which issues of religion has robbed us of our common sense and humanity as a people and as a nation.                                                                                       

For Nigeria to regain its pride of place amongst a comity of nations, issues of religion or all forms of religious considerations should take the back seat. Jobs, contracts and appointments should be made and giving out without regards to faith or religious inclination. Nigerians, both home and abroad should relate and tolerate one another irrespective of religion and government should as a matter of policy begin to step down all form of religious considerations because religion has divided us enough, its time to start dueling more on things that unites. If brothers fights to death, a total stranger inherits their properties and all they had labored collectively for…it’s time for us all to place common sense above religion. 

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