LUMINA Volume 21 No. 2


by Dr. Christopher Agulanna

Nigerians are highly religious. This may be the least controversial claim anyone could make about the nature and practice of religion in Nigeria. But the truth of the claim is reflected in the fact that Nigerians usually attribute the religious motif to almost everything that they do. Whether in the mundane issues of their existence, or in the very serious matters of their being, religion usually plays a very significant role in the way Nigerians lead their lives. Everywhere in the country, religious temples and houses of worship dot the nation's landscape. This hankering for the paranormal or the spiritual is reflected not only in the way the people respond to the daily issues of their existence but also in the way they perceive reality or the world around them. On a much more general note, however, scholars argue that religions usually have a controlling power over religious adherents or worshippers. This force of religion over people is reflected on occasions when believers are ready to give up their lives and possessions for the sake of their religious beliefs or convictions. According to Joseph Omoregbe, all through history, believers have been willing to give up their lives in defense of their religious convictions or as a mark of honour for what is perceived as the object of their religious allegiance or worship.

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