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Reality versus illusion: How religion poisons everything (4)

By Douglas Anele It is not difficult to understand why King Fahd of Saudi Arabia insisted that the democratic system is not suitable for his country and other muslim majority countries in the Middle-East. Ibn Warraq states pointedly, and I agree, that Islam will remain incompatible with democratic principles and human rights if muslims continue
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Reality versus illusion: How religion poisons everything (2)

By Douglas Anele Historically speaking, there has been a symbiotic relationship between religion and spirituality, although the former is parasitic on the latter. Now, religion tends to emphasise externalities such as places of worship, rituals, observances, and scriptures usually ascribed to divine revelation (with the notable exception of traditional African religions). On the other hand,
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On the alleged non-negotiability and sacrosanctity of One Nigeria (4)

By Douglas Anele As I disclosed in our discussion last Sunday, Nigeria’s military government and leaders of the eastern region failed to make inconvenient but necessary concessions which probably would have defused tensions and prevented further escalation. Unfortunately that did not happen, and the devastating avoidable civil war was the end result of that egregious
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On the alleged non-negotiability and sacrosanctity of One Nigeria

By Douglas Anele All the military dictators and civilian leaders of Nigeria starting from Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa to retired Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari had always proclaimed dogmatically that the unity and oneness of Nigeria is sacrosanct and non-negotiable. In addition, most politicians, sycophants, clerics, prominent traditional rulers and members of the ruling elite generally
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The possible impossibility of Nigeria (4)

By Douglas Anele To ensure continuous economic exploitation of the country,British colonial officials had always wanted the insular, undereducated and pliant Fulani to dominate post-independent Nigeria in line with Frantz Fanon’s perceptive observation that colonialists prefer as their successors stooges of the colonial power, that is, dependants who they could easily manipulate. That was why
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The possible impossibility of Nigeria (3)

By Douglas Anele Continuing with our analysis of Farooq Kperogi’s submission in his essay entitled “The Intellectual Case Against Nigeria’s Break-up,” the author hyperbolically affirms that “There is no nation in history whose formation was the consequence of democratic consensus. Historically, most nations were formed by conquests, expansionist wars and forceful co-optation, not by consensus.”
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