Nigeria special religion of rigidity

Whenever Nigeria politicians had to quote religious texts to proof anything, it is clear they had no tangible excuse not to give whatever that was presented fair hearing so the easiest way out of not doing their job is to *’Nigerianise’ the issue.

So it’s the case of gender equality bill that the senate conveniently refused to pass last week as the content violates their personal bible and Quran.

To begin with, I doubt all of the senators, especially the naysayers read the information in the document at all. They do have to, all it takes is one or two senators to read and show his disgust to the fact that women dare ask for more legalised freedom to be a person of their own, fair treatment and equality in social justice – that’s just too western idea.

If we can’t solve misogyny from homes, neighbourhoods, social gatherings (i.e church and mosque), what chance do people have to get anything gender-parity related passed at the senate?

Nigeria as a whole seldom agrees on any issue at the same time, but when it comes to misogyny, most men would choose to keep women around them silenced as their ego depended on it – this often receives unanimous approval.

Like so:

I still could not believe how this guy get to be the Senate President, incredible Nigeria.

This Prof confidently narrated an event where he slapped a female school head teacher to show his supremacy above women around him. He shared his story with hundreds of young adults in the hall totally oblivious to the message he is rubbing off them. All I could think as he boastfully talked about his education and influence was:

“Baba, make sure you keep your oversized ego in your Ibadan neighbourhood.”

The Prof is a Muslim, it can easily be Christian or any religion. Nigeria tends to agree well, well, that their only obstacles in life are their women.

Christians are a bit subtle compared to our Muslims, they do have their way of imbibing in the young female that they are indeed subordinate – scriptures command.

In our traditional holy ghost, tongue speaking church, teen boys are not only encouraged to play musical instruments, but make it more like a right of passage for them. In the same church, girls are not allowed. I have always thought perhaps because most girls are at home helping with chores but I recently learnt that it is another scriptures’ command that girls are exempted.

This should have been parents’ problem right from their home. If I go to a church, I don’t see myself in gatherings where children have been told to ‘know their place.’

Too much damage is done right from home, parents who believe all genders should be giving equal opportunity must be involved and guide their children where their confidence is not shadowed.

On the senate gender equality bill, one of the issues raised in the document was clear and enforceable inheritance law especially for the widow and children left behind. This is a very important issue that everyone has to deal with. Traditionally, there is a way of settling inheritance but it is widely known especially in southwest that the loudest gets all.

I have seen a situation in my town whereby shortly after the husband was killed in a car crash, the brother without wasting anytime took over the older brother’s business and put plan in place for the wife to move out of the family house he assumes it was his brother’s property. Here there was little regard to the three children in relation to what their father properties.

Why would any lawmaker thinks this is not worthy of attention?

Out of 109 Senators, we have just 7 female members, and yet my people get super rigid and too tranced to look at our reflections in the mirror. What we have in the senate is a clear reflection of our society. If we want it any other way, then our mothers and forward-looking fathers must do their job from home and community.

 

  • Nigeriansise = sexism, tribalism, bigotry, religion, corruption.