Some Social and Religious Perspectives on the Nigerian Crisis
Chapter 3. Crisis as Judgment
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CRISIS AS JUDGMENT
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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