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Pragmatic, reserved and a deep thinker who loves family, sports especially football where am married to two wives: the first, AC Milan who has my loyalty and the second wife, Manchester United who has all my undying love and pampering, lifestyle and society parties. Need I say the law is more than a profession but a lifestyle for me.

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RELIGION; A MIRAGE?

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Indeed we as a people perish for lack of wisdom. As much as this is not an attempt to nail anyone to the cross, or in any way prove holier than thou, it is not a matter to be disputed that we are truly a victim of our own decisions which are often born out of our desires to attain a particular status mostly social or to achieve some form of recognition and position; less likely is for altruistic motives or in general for the good of others.

Need I say that our society has fed on our supposed search for the ultimate utopian and egalitarian society through various deceptive modes such as money dubbling and mostly through religion - It is pertinent to note that I as a person have nothing against any particular religion or belief. After all, the fundamental essence of a being is to align his fate to that of a superior God and to worship him in faith and total submission. In fact in a country like Nigeria, a renewed spirit is needed to awaken the mercies of the most high to earn his mercy which seems to have been long lost - What amazes most is the motive behind our worship and search for supremacy: MONEY. The very essence of religion has become to search for miracles without meriting it. We worship our pastors more now than our God, we are mostly becoming a slave to religion because we find miracles that are almost magical than spiritual. We have been brain washed into thinking our redemption are in places of worship rather than in what we invest our time in doing. Is it not true that we sow what we reap and no one ever reaps where he has not sown?

No doubt we have an incompetent and a government not responsive. But am of the view that this society has made every individual a government of its own as it is the duty of every individual to provide shelter, electrification trough alternative sources, security, water among other things and which has led to the money at all cost syndrome. But must we sell out our conscience and our moral values for the love of money? Are we truly as gullible has our spiritual leaders make us seem, taking out our penny to double their Naira? Why have we been quick to abandon reward for hard work and now satisfy corruption without punishment?

I am sure many of you will not be shocked when you read this story of a man I met who narrated his experience to me which I chose to share with you today. As hilarious as it might appear, I sure was embittered by how much we have lost value for life and how desperate we have become. This man happens to be someone I am quite familiar with. The event that took place shaped his life positively thereafter and indeed brought him from the state of oblivion to reality.

He said he had met a pastor sometimes in November last year whom he was introduced to by a friend. After a month, the man of God had told him he was going to be a millionaire in a few weeks through fervent prayers. I must confess something in me wanted to meet this man of God so desperately; while he started with his story as I also want to be a billionaire. He noticed my excitement but chose to ignore as he went on. He said the man of God told him to get a certain amount which would b used to buy the materials needed for the soap which he duly obliged promptly, (On hearing that, it sounded more to me it was going to be a ritual) now even I became suspicious. I asked how then bathing with a soap could make anyone a millionaire and thought to myself why everyone was not already rich. He explained that the man of "God" had said he would use the soap on Sundays and only had to skip work on Monday as that was the day an angel would bring him 30 million Naira. I was bewildered as to how God will send an angel to bring money for a man who preferred to wait at home on a working day. Am sure God is no magician neither will he reward idleness; plus what currency would it be: heavens or earthly? To cut it all short, he performed this ritual for three futile months and lost his job while he stayed home on Mondays waiting for his angel to bring thirty million.

I took from this that he was duped severally as there were times he was asked to find extra funds to offer certain prayers to open doors that were never shut but his incompetence and desperation due to misplaced values made him blinded to opportunities abound around him.

- Adekanye Adeyinka Olajide.