Some Social and Religious Perspectives on the Nigerian Crisis
Nigeria is in great crisis. Some may try to tone down this fact. Others may offer various interpretations, but the essential fact still remains. The scope and gravity of the situation have reached enormous proportions. No one can hide or talk it out of existence. In the cities and country districts, most Nigerians are feeling the horrific effects of the disaster. The crisis, however, was by no means a sudden crash. Its approach was heralded by many signs. Corruption, mismanagement, incompetence, greed, selfishness, inflation, empty religion, rigged elections, and failed leadership were all harbingers of the calamity. Instead of facing their relentless challenges, Nigerians kept putting off the day of reckoning by directing their attention to self-centered and unproductive pursuits, with the result that the country steadily became worse, leading to the disappointment Nigerians are now experiencing.
Presently, the country stands between the past and the future. Nothing can be done about the past. It has come and gone. Like history, we cannot change the past. We can only report it. However, much could be done to reform the present and shape the future. No one can say with certainty how Nigeria will turn out. All we can say is that the future of Nigeria is in the hands of Nigerians. If the people turn from their evil ways and free their trapped energies and suppressed initiative, their destiny is greatness. If Nigerians persist in their current errors, the future is bleak.
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