The Nigerian religious communities have been hit hard, as coronavirus becomes more of a pandemic than an epidemic. Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus causing mild to moderate respiratory illness. – World Health Organization has placed its foot on the affairs of religion in Nigeria, also conquering the social, political, and economic sectors of the country. Religious centers were ordered by states government to shut down as measures to curb the fast spread of the disease.
According to estimates, 46.3% of the Nigerian population is Christian, 46% is Muslim and 7.4% worship traditional gods. Nigeria has an estimated population of over 200 million people. With the above estimation, religion in Nigeria has truly been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
All educational institutions, religious centers, infrastructures, organizations and nationwide activities were placed on hold, while hospitals, medical and healthcare centers were still very functional during the period of the lockdown. This brings us to the topic; “RELIGION BROUGHT US THIS FAR FOR SCIENCE TO SAVE US”.
However, the hindrance of Nigerians from going to religious centers, while medical personals work to save lives is no other than the reality of life. At the moment, science has been the only savior while the entire world waits for an/the antidote(s). After number of previous condemnations of science by religious leaders were made in the past and current, more lives have been saved by science, while none has been confirmed to have been healed by religious powers.
On 27 February, the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Nigeria was announced, when an Italian citizen in Lagos tested positive for the virus. Now, the total confirmed cases have drastically increased in severe months to 45, 687(+443), recoveries to 32,637, and death to 936(+6), according to Wikipedia.
In Nigeria, religion is not viewed as an aspect of life but life itself. Religion has become a way of life that is not supposed to be so. Religious centers(such as churches and mosques) in Nigeria are seen as the only means to God. God is God, with or without the creation or existence of the religious centers. God is not the church or mosque, the members/congregation make up the religious centers.
More so, state-imposed measures to curb the spread of the virus in the country were violated by several religious leaders, with several imams suspended. Some believe the virus is a conspiracy to prevent them from praying, and that the virus is not real. Several apprehension was also made due to defiance and non-compliance to lockdown rules and regulations. Some churches and mosques risked the lives of their members at the initial point of the lockdown/shutdown announcement. Even in the Christian Holy Bible, the church is ordered to abide to the laws and regulations of the governing body(state) they are under.
Furthermore, various religious leaders have expressed different views as to COVID-19 and it’s restrictions.
Bishop David O. Oyedepo, founder of Living Faith Worldwide aka Winners Chapel deemed the shutdown an attempt to cripple Christianity.
“The church is God’s banquet hall where we are fed spiritual food to keep us alive and strong. So whatever stops the church fellowshipping is out to destroy what God is building,” he said.
“There must be a devil behind it. It is not virus, it is demon, there is a demon at work behind the scene, I told you in the morning I can smell a rat.”
T.B Joshua, who predicted that the coronavirus would be extinct after heavy rainfall on March 27. Elijah Ayodele claimed that he possessed holy water and oil that could cure the virus. Among other church ministers who call the pandemic and shutdown restrictions as satanic.
Meanwhile, some other church organizations in compliance with government directives found new modes of being in contact with the church/their religious leaders through online services and home cell worship services to help keep their faith alive and strong. The possibilities of the new modes adopted by the church is aided by science, several social media platforms deemed evil and satanic by some religious leaders have now been devised to televise the affairs of the church and bring the gospel to their members’ homes.
During the period of the pandemic, religion and religious leaders have done little to curb the spread of the virus, as more cases arise. Religious leaders to do more to prevent the spread of the virus by providing people with the necessary information and materials such as hand sanitizer, face masks, and other important supplies to help keep the people safe for a better Nigeria. Enlightenment programs should be organized for the member of the church to know and understand more about the virus and how to stay keep, news should be passed to the general public about measures to take. Religious leaders should follow the rules of the state government and work hand-in-hand to help stop rather than spread the virus.
In times like this, Religion must work together with science in other to keep both religious and nonreligious citizens safe in the country. Because Science has really done a lot to prevent more cases and safe more lives than any aspect of knowledge and life. At this point, “RELIGION HAS BROUGHT US THIS FAR FOR SCIENCE TO SAVE US”.
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