RELIGION! FREEDOM OR CAPTIVITY IN NIGERIA?

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In the world today,
there are many origins and theories on how the earth evolve, this ranging from
various Religious tales and scientific conclusions. There has been no general
acceptance on the evolution of the world thus giving every religion the right
to introduce their preferred theories of how the world came to existence.

Despite the
pronouncement of the rule of law in Nigeria as postulated by A.V Dicey which is
to protect and uphold the fundamental human right of individual which include:
Freedom of religion, we can still find some traits of captivities among the
citizens.

In Nigeria, a child
born is never given the freedom to choose a preferred religion when he/she
comes of age reasoning, rather, the child is being subjected to follow the
continua religious practice of his/her parent. The same issue can be said of a
newly married wife, she is being cornered by her husband to follow his own
choice of religion after marriage.

There are three major
religions in Nigeria which are Christian, Muslim and Traditional religion,
however, over the years, there has been a bias channeled to this extent as both
the government and its citizens are guilty of this. The most recognized
religion in Nigeria is Christianity and Islam and this can be seen vividly from
the onset of our leaders. It is either a Muslim becomes the president or the
vice is a Christian or vice versa. Now this will trigger an alarming question,
what about the traditional worshipers?

There are cases of
religions trying to claim superiority over another thereby justifying their
claims based on their own doctrines. Christianity and Islam see themselves as
being the perfect religion. This perception usually lead to the discrimination
of the Traditional worshipers as they are not given or enjoying the same
freedom Christians and Muslim enjoy. Meanwhile, they have long forgotten before
the introduction of the foreign religions, there have been a strong practice in
the Traditional beliefs which is the core fundamental of our survival.

Monday Emmanuel (2019)
opines that religion is more like an act of slavery because the followers tends
to follow what they are told and this theory has proven to be true over the
years as religious leaders have found a pleasing way to instill fear in a bid
to hypnotize their followers.

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