"If We Don't Tame Religion In Nigeria, Religion Will Kill Us" - Wole Soyinka Says

Renowned Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has called for religion to be taught in schools in Nigeria.
Soyinka who made the statement at a book launch in Abuja today, January 12 however noted that he was not canvassing for religious studies but ”the study of religion.”
The event was the book launch of renowned professor and author, Olufemi Vaughan titled Religion and the Making of Nigeria.
Speaking further, Soyinka said: ”If we do not tame religion in Nigeria, religion will kill us.”
He lamented the fact that many Nigerians have ”paid the ultimate price” because of religion, adding that religion is now embedded in our society.
”The innocent ones are the ones who often pay the ultimate price in religious crisis. Even religious leaders cannot denounce the murdering acts of religion.
”Religion now induce trauma and anxiety instead of solace that it claims to give. Religion is the ironic product of human inadequacy.
”There is a monster always waiting to pounce on innocent Nigerians under the name of religion, ” Soyinka added.
In ending his presentation, Soyinka said he would rather rename the book of Professor Vaughan Religion and the Unmaking of Nigeria.
Recently, investment banker, columnist and theater producer, Joseph Edgar stated that religion today is so wealthy that if care is not taken they can compete with the federal government naira for naira in some areas if allowed.

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