World renowned Nigerian playwright, Professor Wole Soyinka, has described religion as the number one factor hindering Nigerians from thinking like rational humans. ayokinews.com reports
Prof. Soyinka made this remark during an interaction with a professor of African Literature, Louisa Egbunike, on Saturday.
According to Soyinka, “Religion has become the number one problem for Nigerians.”
He stated that any religious practice that becomes an excuse for the adherents to flout Nigerian laws should be “tackled heads-on” by the government.
“If for instance a legislator, later a governor, can claim the right to be a pedophile and indulge in cross-border child trafficking, celebrating child marriage, then consummating that event, which is against the law of a nation, and he says he has a right to do it because his religion permits it; then both he and that religion should just be shown the way to the law courts and treated like other phenomena of society.”
Soyinka also added that the same measure should be meted out to those who “use religion to excuse building a church, which collapses on the head of humanity, many of them not from Nigeria, several from South Africa,” he said.
He added: “And then you say it was caused by supernatural forces when you know very well that you flouted the conditions for increasing the floors of your building.”