BY IKPOTOKIN S.O, (2017)
Keywords: Christianity, Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Religious leaders, idleness, simony
According to the World Population Prospectus (2015), Nigeria, the largest African country by human population (over 182 million in 2015), is nearly equally divided between Christianity and Islam (two wrestling religions of the old world). And as Nigerians deniably know, there are other religions rapidly squirming and occupying the left over gaps left by the rival religions of the world. Nigeria had thus become a spiritual container with complex embodiments of religious rivals and righteous sloths.
The Pew Forum in a 2010 report compared reports from several sources. The 1963 Nigerian census established that 36% of the population as at 2011 in Nigeria was Christian, 38% were Muslim (majorly Sunin), and 26% were other religious groups; whereas the 2008 MEASURE Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) found 53% Muslim, 45% Christian, and 2% other; the 2008 Afrobarometer poll found 50% Christian, 49% Muslim, and 1% other; Pew’s own survey found 52% Muslim, 46% Christian, and 1% other.(Pew Forum, 2010; Pew Forum, 2011, Pew Research Center, 2011). Wow! Only in Nigeria. So many churches and religious cafés but no actual spiritual connectivities to the realms we so believe rains down that blessings, yet we daily hoist prayers and petitions without genuine intentions at all. Its pretty complicated, you think?
In this study, I would try as much as possible to indulge readers and concerned citizens with the grievances and lamentations spiralled around this study.
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