Nigeria Islam Vs Western Civilization
by Musa Achimigu
The northern part of federal republic of Nigeria is predominantly a Muslim domain, where culture is looked upon with undisguised suspicion to western civilization and education.
Despite numerous effort by the state , federal government and non governmental organisations to advance the cause of literacy among the ever increasing population, progress is definitely small or negligible.
Doubtless the administration, previous and contemporary take this situation to their own advantage. Persecuting directly through sanctions or indirectly by trying to discredit the honourable intent of those enlightened individuals bent on changing the status quo.
The northern society is characterised by die hard Muslim fanatics and the moderates who for once have achieved a consensus and regard to the perceived threat of westernisation, branding most innovation by the western society life comfortable as civil plots designed to leave Muslims into the worldwide system propagated by the western democracies, with the ultimate aim of derailing their faith and a gradual if not spontaneous conversion to western ideals and doctrines.
In contradiction to a Quoranic verses which urge Muslims to look for knowledge even if it means going to uncharted places. One finds that the Muslim ulama`s are hell bent on overlooking this command from Allah to serve their selfish purposes.