Religion in Nigeria plays a major role in the life of the people, to some it is their candle light, it gives them insight, wisdom, knowledge and faith is increased through the study of scripture, books and prayers
In Nigeria, religions helps us remain in line and stay focused.
A religious leader is feared, respected and loved. He could mediate in situation that defy several means.
The advent of the Nigerian religion could be dated back as far as the advent of men in Nigeria. Initially, everybody worshiped whatever they want until the introduction of Islam to the northern part of the country in as early as the eleventh century.
The Islamic religion in Nigeria has been well established in the northern state, with central mosques in most state capital as at the 16th century.
It grew popular to even the middle belt and several parts of Nigeria At some point, Usman Dan Fodio Had to establish a government based on Islamic Religion before the advent of colonialism when the government was infiltrated by the British
Christianity as Nigeria religion
Christianity is the most popular and most advertised religion in Nigeria. it was introduce in Nigeria in the middle of the nineteen century by devote missionaries from British, Christianity was one of the things introduced into Nigeria by British among many others things.
The missionaries came preaching the message of Christ, ministering to the people and also healing the sick, this was what actually pulled the crowed to them in the first place.
They started from the eastern part of the country which is populated by the Igbos, they infiltrated the village councils and chiefs, who gave them lands to build local churches.
Before the 80s the Christian religion had spread to the southern part of the country, to the Yorubas and the middle belt(Benin) As at the year 2005, there are over 50 million Christian in Nigeria, we have the Protestant which strongly believe in the power of the Holy ghost as well as the catholic, Baptist and Anglican churches.
The Traditional religion
Finally we have the traditional religion in Nigeria, as much as the message of Islam and Christianity have taken over the major part of the country, the previous indigenous worship could not be properly annihilated. This indigenous religions are simply the worship of inanimate objects, the worship of rocks, trees, or some mysterious animals like lions or a huge python which they believe to be their source of strength or spiritual guide.
Before the advent of The modern religions (Christianity and Islam) This gods (as they are called) were seen as a guide and the sovereign authority, in any village or town they speak to the people through a mediator (Priest), they go by so many names amadioha, Iku, Urashi, Ogwugwu, Ikuku and one thing so mind wrenching about Theses gods is the facts they can’t go without blood sacrifice.
I am yet to understand the mystery behind it.
Christianity did a great work eliminating this kind of worship while building more churches, however, they are still secretly practiced in Nigeria, there is freedom of worship except the kind the poses threat to human existence, you know the weird and bazaar kind of worship.
Other Nigerian Religions
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