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A Quiet Revolution

Some Social and Religious Perspectives on the Nigerian Crisis


Joseph F. Mali

In A Quiet Revolution: Some Social and Religious Perspectives on the Nigerian Crisis, Joseph F. Mali argues that contrary to popular belief, corruption and failed leadership are not at the heart of the Nigerian crisis. Corruption and misrule, though they have done a terrible harm to the Nigerian society, are in fact byproducts of something much more sinister in the same way that smoke is the byproduct of fire. The real trouble with Nigeria, Mali puts it bluntly, is a lifestyle of profound selfishness, which the people and their leaders have in common. The nation is still bleeding because of this evil. Unless Nigerians cure this «disease», Mali maintains, no system of government is likely to succeed in Nigeria. In vain do Nigerians seek political solutions as long as selfishness remains their credo! Since Nigeria’s problem is moral in nature, Mali insists, the remedy must also be ethical in character. Accordingly, he proposes «A Quiet Revolution» as a cure for Nigeria’s ailment. This revolution is not a silent coup to overthrow the Nigerian government. It is not «a French-styled rebellion in which the masses on the streets, and peasants in the country put an end to centuries of absolute monarchy». Rather, the «Quiet Revolution» is an interior change; an individual transformation. As long as this change has not taken place, Mali declares, it will be difficult to repair and restore Nigeria.
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Chapter 3. Crisis as Judgment


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To put it briefly, the current crisis in Nigeria is a judgment on the nation. Egoism has destroyed a decent society, and Nigerians are now suffering. Indeed, as people act in life, so they make out in life. The author of the Book of Proverbs saw this long ago and wrote: “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it and a stone will come back on the one who starts it rolling” (Proverbs 26: 27). Nigerians have dug a pit and have fallen into it. They have rolled a mighty stone that is coming back to crush them. The author of Proverbs also said: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14: 34).

Of course, individual and national experiences will sometimes contradict the traditional wisdom of Proverbs, for in real life the righteous sometimes do fare miserably while the ways of the wicked prosper. Yet, the author of Proverbs teaches a truth we cannot deny. People will reap the fruits of their conduct. Drive through the cities of Abuja or Lagos and you will see how drivers cut off each other. Some cars do not keep to their lanes. The right of way is often ignored. Drivers run yellow lights. All Nigerians should be aware of the unhappiness this lawlessness has brought upon them. Many vehicles are either bashed or mangled. Side mirrors are frequently smashed. Drivers experience delays because they do...

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