RELIGION AS AN INSTRUMENT OF EXPLOITATION IN NIGERIA

Authors

  • Ratzinger E.E. Nwobodo

Keywords:

Religion, Proliferation, Terror, Exploitation

Abstract

Religion so permeates every facet of a Nigeria’s life that her social political and economic behaviour reflect religious influence. The proliferation of religious sects and worship places across the country is a testament to this strong religious affinity. However, despite Nigerians’ proclivity towards religion, religion which ought to be a transformative instrument, leveraged for the betterment of the society, has become one of the most effective ways through which they are exploited: an instrument of terror used to instill fear, manipulate and defraud people. This paper examines the shift from the use of religion as a transformative tool to its use as an exploitative tool in Nigerian society. It adopted historical and descriptive methods in its discussion. With a focus on the three major religions in Nigeria, data from diverse sources such as internet sources, journal articles, magazines, and archives were analyzed within the framework of the Karl Marx theory on religion to showcase the different ways religion has been used as an instrument of exploitation. The findings underscore that religion in Nigeria has been commercialized and has become an exploitation tool. It equally reveals that religion is not bad in itself rather it is the abuse of religion that leads to exploitation and manipulation. Hence, the study recommends improved education of the masses, good governance and effective laws and policies as possible means of curbing the abuses of religion.

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Published

2023-11-25

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