Religion as an instrument for either national unity or division


Muyiwa Adetiba

Muyiwa Adetiba

By Muyiwa Adetiba

There is a lady I consider a lifelong friend. My thoughts go to her from time to time. I wonder how she is faring these days with her two children married and living abroad on two different continents.

It is not easy to face the sunset years with your loved ones strewn apart and the economy facing south. That however, is the story of many in my generation. But it is a story on its own for another day – perhaps next week.  My thoughts went to her recently because of an incident – a common incident really – I witnessed in my estate.

But first, the story of my friend. My friend’s father is from South-South. Her mother is from the Yoruba speaking part of North- Central.

Her father, a Christian, converted to Islam at marriage. I don’t know whether it was a condition for marriage or simply a career move since he had worked in the Foreign Office in a country where your religion could influence lucrative postings. Whatever. He seemed happy with…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper