Nigerians are really a set of jobless people. There are three things that interests the average Nigerian: religion, politics, football.
If you want to make Nigerians happy or sad; if you ever want to cause commotion in the nation; if you want to pitch Nigerians against each other; if you want want to get people talking, moving, breathing hell and brimestone, strike a fire on any of the three above and a the nation would start boiling.
While Nigerians begin to boil, you can as well carry out your real mission – whatever it is.
I am highly amused by the comments on the post: Lagos goes gaga over baby born with Quran. The most interesting part of the comments is the general belief by some assumed Muslim commenters that this baby is a sign from god.
My question is which god are we talking about? the Muslim God or the Christian God? coz definitely they are not the same. And considering Allah really has nothiing to do with Islam – if we really want to call a spade by a spade from the pages of Islamic history, only God knows the god that sent this baby to Nigeria at this point in time.
Yesterday, I talked with a muslim padi padi friend of mine, Shehu by name, just to seek his opinion on this issue. Shehu is an educated and level headed fellow, whose thoughts are well-formed and he usually has valid point of views. He has very strong Islamic beliefs, and I respect him for that, and I like talking to him because he is one of those rare muslims who would call a spade by no other name: a spade.
I was quite surprised that my guy Shehu is as amused as I am on the publicity this quran-baby is generating. I thought Shehu would have some high level opinion to give, but my guy told me not to bother. He dismissed the quranic-baby news to the corner that bothers around a joke and a total waste of time, especially by “religioncentric unemployed Nigerian people” – those were his words.
Shehu says he hopes the immediate community where baby-quran was born into won’t make the baby’s life a difficult one: as some confused Islamic leaders would want to take him under their wings; as some politicians would want to bring him into their payroll as a result of the buzz his birth has created; as friends of the family and neighbors might end up putting baby-quran under much religious-pressure by telling him their own version of whatever the story of his birth really is – with a lot of Nigerian salt and pepper added into the pot of stew.
According to Shehu, any serious muslim won’t even bother about that story!