“Righteousness Makes a Nation Great, Sin Brings it to Ruin”

By Akin Ojumu

Religion is woven into the fabric of every day life of Nigerians and religiosity is like clothing that the people wear to cover their nakedness. Nigerians love to wrap themselves up in regalia of piety as they preen and primp along in a sanctimonious display of Pharisaical pomposity and Pecksniffian humility.

Despite the showy religiosity prevalent among Nigerians, the country remains one of the most dangerous places in the world to live. All over Nigeria, violent crimes are the realities of life and rampageous lawlessness is rife. The people live terrified in their own homes and are petrified at every turn whenever they venture out.

The barbaric and sadistic nature of some of the criminal acts reported around the country will scare the living daylights out of the bravest of men. Below are just a sample of some of the cases that have made the news in recent months.

(1) March 4, 2022 – Eight-year-old abducted and killed by his friends and their father in Oyo State
Abdulraheem Bamimore (8) abducted and murdered by a rat killer seller and his three children. The suspects are Salaudeen Abdulrasak , the father; Waliu Abdulrasak (23) Ilias Abdulrasak (18), and Abdulhammed Abdulrasak of Alubarika area, Saki, Oyo State.

Two of the suspects lured the deceased to an undisclosed location, hoping to get a ransom from his parents.

(2) March 2, 2022 – Six siblings abducted and sold by neighbors in Adamawa State
Yohanna Saidolo, sold his neighbor’s six children under the guise of enrolling them in a missionary school. Upon his arrest, Saidolo confessed to have sold off the children, for an undisclosed amount, to Madam Lydia of Rhumde-Baru neighborhood at the Jambutu satellite town in Yola. As at the time the suspect was arraigned in court, the whereabouts of the children remains unknown, as the police continue with their investigation.

(3) February 26, 2022 – Commuter killed by a BRT bus driver in Lagos State
Oluwabamise Ayanwole (22-year-old) murdered after boarding a Bus Rapid Transit vehicle from the Ajah area of Lagos to Oshodi. BRT Bus driver, Nice (Andrew) Omininikoron, has been arrested as a prime suspect in the brutal murder.

(4) February 15, 2022 – Twelve-year-old girl raped by Chairman of Community Association in Delta State
Chairman of Oguname Street Association in Agbarho, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State raped a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint. The pedophile, Israel, was said to have offered N20,000 as bribe to the security guards who caught him in the act. It was learnt that some members of the community are trying to cover up the incident, saying that “the 12-year-old girl was not a virgin” and that “sex is not a new thing to her.”

(5) February 10, 2022 – Couple kills the wife's friend and sold her head for ritual in Ogun State
Kehinde Oladimeji (43) and his wife Adejumoke Raji (35) have confessed to killing the wife’s friend and selling her head for the sum of N70,000 in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Speaking with newsmen, the husband disclosed that his wife had single handedly killed her friend, who had paid her a visit. She then went on to butcher her and dismember her body parts, which the police later discovered in a bucket.

(6) 29 January 2022 – Young men kill girlfriend of their friend for ritual in Ogun State
Balogun Mustakeem (20) Majekodunmi Soliudeen (18), Abdulgafa Lukman (19) and Waris Oladeinde (18) arrested for killing a girlfriend of their friend for money making ritual in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The victim, simply identified as Rofiat, was lured by her boyfriend, Soliudeen, to where she was murdered by four of them, after which they cut off her head and packed the remains in a sack and burnt it in a local pot.

(7) 4 December 2021 – Five-year-old abducted and killed by teacher in Kano State
Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year-old pupil, was killed by a proprietor in Kano. Little Hanifa, a pupil of Nobel kids Academy and Northwest Preparatory School, was kidnapped in December by her teacher Abdulmalik Muhammed at a private school in Kwanar Dakatar in Kano state. Her abductor demanded N6 million ransom.

Horror stories like these ones are commonplace in Nigeria. For a people that portray themselves as eminently righteous to be so manifestly evil calls to question their claims of righteousness. 

Light cannot shine in a nation so steeped in darkness. To expect righteousness to triumph in a land consumed by such unimaginable maleficence amounts to self-delusion. The wickedness that permeates Nigerian society is proof that the religiosity of the people is all a lie. 

Nigeria would not be perpetually poor, chronically chaotic, and utterly uninhabitable if the people have the fear of God in them. The atrocious leadership and unpatriotic citizenry all stem from iniquitous hearts. Likewise, the stunted growth, arrested development, and the third-world topsy-turvy existence are outflows of Nigeria's sickened soul.

The Holy Book tells us that righteousness – i.e., moral and spiritual integrity and virtuous character – makes a nation great and that sin diminishes any people. True godliness always translates into a godly society. A violent and crime infested society is the offspring of wicked hearts.

Nigerians are adept at concealing their dark side behind a veneer of piety and they are dexterous at hiding their true character. Until Nigerians stop fooling themselves by their preening piety, the country will remain in darkness. Unless the people turn away from evil and embrace righteousness, the nation will continue to wallow in the wild jungle of terror and horror.


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