Popular Nigerian social media personality, Reno Omokri, has opined that poverty is the major reason why “many people are religious and churchy.’’ The former presidential aide to Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, shared his views via his Instagram handle, noting that poverty alters people’s perspective.
Though Reno’s post did not mention Nigerians, his statement about people loosing their religiosity when they move abroad, might suggest he is talking about the poverty percentage of the Nigerian population as the economy continues to dwindle.
Poverty is why many people are religious and churchy. When these same people relocate abroad and see that their prayer requests are easily met in their new locations, they lose their religiosity. Religion is a reaction to poverty. Faith is a more reliable judge of Godliness. That is why after salvation, Christ taught more about wealth. Because without wealth, your spiritual health is at risk. Poverty alters your perspective. You make enemies out of innocent people. You blame ancestral curses and village people for your poverty, when in fact the problem is your location, which is overpopulated and underfunded. And fear of enemies, rather than love for God drives you to church