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Why are Nigerians' sense of morality only limited to sex?

By: theorem |Time : August 27, 2016, 07:39:44 AM
In one of my visits to Nigeria I encountered what I consider an unacceptable infrastructural situation for a country with the largest economy (at the time) in Africa. One problem stood out heads and shoulders above others, and that problem is paucity of electricity supply.

For the duration of my stay in Nigeria there was constant power outage; in fact there was hardly any day one had uninterrupted power supply. The situation is often belied by the ubiquitous “gen-sets”, assuming one is privileged enough to have a home with such, the type my friend has in his VGC house- large and capable, silent and steady.

But then, an observant and introspective visitor would wonder why a country with the highest number of Christians and Muslims in Africa would have such a problem. For this writer Nigeria's problem with power supply is not a result of lack of economic or human resources, but lack of morality in the society. And what stands out is the way people mouth off God and church (and other places of worship). In fact every morning one is woken up by either a Muslim call to prayer or some “Pentecostal church” calling out prayers at 5 am.

On top of that, one dares not discuss sex because you are immediately seen as “immoral”, and if you were a lady who prefers to wear shorts or some short skirt, the mob in the markets would almost stone you! They act as if the person committed the worst sin. Woe betide you if you are seen with the opposite sex chatting leisurely in certain neighborhoods; that would be enough to seal your fate in society as a “loose woman”, or a “womanizer” if you were a man.

But then there is no electricity, and someone whose job it is to ensure constant supply of power is not there to fix the problem.

He or she might even be in a place of worship! And, you wonder how there can ever be power supply when our people are busy worshiping sex and focusing fully on that in their definition of morality.

Some of the most sexually liberated countries on earth have economies far above Nigeria's, but have steady power supply. Yes, they do their sex thing, but still have the moral qualms to stick to their jobs and do them diligently and conscientiously. Nearly all first world countries today are more sexually liberated/inclined than Nigeria and, even in Africa, South Africa is more sex-inclined than Nigeria, but has constant electricity supply.

When Nigerians troop out for vacation they never remember the sexual laxity of the countries they are rushing to, because all they know is that there will be constant power supply there. But once they return to Nigeria, they join the warped “sex-is-all-the-morality-issue” culture and still return to their old ways.
Even Nigerians educated abroad never dig in enough to resist the warped mindset, and soon enough join the bandwagon.

In anger I told my host that I would rather that Nigerians have indiscriminate sex but DO THEIR DAMN JOBS for once! To me, nothing is more immoral than dereliction of duty. It is the worst sin one can commit against self, God and society.

We should start defining morality the right and proper way in Nigeria if we are seriously expecting true change.

The following are immoral and far worse than fornication (sex between consenting adults):

-theft of public property whether pen, pencil, electric cable, or vehicle

-dereliction of duty (getting paid for a job not done is theft!)

-bribery

-nepotism

-fraud, etc


Our economy will wake up from the dead once we start focusing on getting rid of all these listed immoral acts rather than wasting time focusing on what goes on between the sheets among consenting adults.

Re: Why are Nigerians' sense of morality only limited to sex?

By: dayan (M) |Time : August 27, 2016, 08:34:51 AM
Thoughtful piece!

Re: Why are Nigerians' sense of morality only limited to sex?

By: Ramjoe (M) |Time : August 22, 2018, 02:26:00 PM
Thoughtful piece!

Incredible, what moral is to majority of people in Nigeria. They can change figures so as to rake in money but as long as they don't miss Bible study, it's fine. They can cheat while writing exams but once they make it to church every Sunday, they are righteous. They can kill others for rituals but once they pay tithe in church, it's fine. They can bribe their way to the top, but once they feed a couple of kids on the street, they are messiahs.

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 I would rather that Nigerians have indiscriminate sex but DO THEIR DAMN JOBS for once! To me, nothing is more immoral than dereliction of duty. It is the worst sin one can commit against self, God and society.

We should start defining morality the right and proper way in Nigeria if we are seriously expecting true change.

The following are immoral and far worse than fornication (sex between consenting adults):

-theft of public property whether pen, pencil, electric cable, or vehicle

-dereliction of duty (getting paid for a job not done is theft!)

-bribery

-nepotism

-fraud, etc

Our economy will wake up from the dead once we start focusing on getting rid of all these listed immoral acts rather than wasting time focusing on what goes on between the sheets among consenting adults.



It's a crazy what we're going through because of moral decadence which shows through negligence of duty.

I was in a cab when the cabbie shared an experience. He said he was meters away from a point of robbery on a highway in the night. He had the chance to turn unnoticed and he took it. Luckily (he thought) it was not too far from the last check point (where policemen collect money from drivers just for driving), he got to these policemen and told them what's happening. To his amazement, instead of going to rescue the ones being robbed or at least going after the robbers, the police chose to rendezvous, pack up and run alongside him in their patrol vehicle. Policemen!

Moreover, NEPA, you know what I mean. While a town stay in darkness for days, weeks, sometimes months. They put on generators and sit in their offices. They don't give a damn what's going on outside.

Lastly, this is even worse than the rest in my opinion... The civil servants change figures, they steal money. The worst part is that politicians use them to steal huge amounts of money. Check it, there's no way a politician will steal money without the involvement of people in the civil service.

Yet, some devils will be proclaiming themselves messiahs. They'd be calling themselves righteous, saints, men of integrity. All because they have strong camouflage. In Nigeria today, hypocrisy has risen well above our moral standards (if we have any left).

It's disheartening!

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