“POLARISATION” OF RELIGION, POLITICS AND ETHNICITY IN AFRICA

‎In West Africa another regional complex of conflicts, also driven by greed and political disintegration, was in full swing. The late 1990s saw the culmination of the diamond and corruption fuelled rebellion in Sierra Leone that had been going on for a decade. At the start of 2000 a recently signed peace agreement in Sierra Leone was on the brink of failure. Guinea was in danger of being dragged into the conflict. Liberia, nominally at peace after its own war in the first half of the decade but little more than a façade of a state benefiting no one but its gangster-like regime, was still fomenting conflict in all of its neighbours including Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte D’Ivoire and was itself edging towards a renewed civil war.

Côte D’Ivoire too, once a beacon of prosperity and stability, was increasingly beset by its own internal political troubles that were to develop into armed conflict in 2002. Nigeria, the regional hegemon, was ruled for most of the 1990s by a repressive and corrupt military regime which thrived in part on fomenting ethnic and religious tensions. Today we are witnessing the repercussions of past decisions rulers made in protecting their leardership at the crucial expense of the people. The some religious clergies and organisations was mostly funded by politicians for votes thereby compromising religion and ethnicity. Religious elders, tribal leaders and the politicians must begin a slow recovery from its near abandonment of social concern in its fight against the social gospel and theological cultural liberalism if it is to gain control and contain extremism within.

To recover, the church and mosques and other religious entities must seize today’s opportunity to collaborate with businesses, charities, and governments for better transparency. Africa needs a CHANGE IN OUR MINDSET!
A Revolution of Compassion and Tolerance is a case in point. It is not merely politics but must be a manifesto across board. Poverty is rising despite the hundreds of billions of public dollars spent to fight it in Africa.
“What has gone wrong in this wealthy CONTINENT OF AFRICA with the crop of well educated men and women?” For me, the answers is the decline in personal responsibility from those who have chosen to govern and the reluctance of too many churches and other religions to serve their needy neighbours as they should.
Individuals especially the younger generations in modern society do not only need only help,. but also hope from despair.

It would be preferable and highly recommendable to reconsider and revisit the ecology of our entire communities, and the way different organizations, congregations, governments and secular and religiously affiliated including non-profits plays a different but complementary role for better analysis and interpretations into modern principles.

MY MAIN QUESTION-Who transforms individuals more effectively IN THE AFRICAN SOCIETY IN MODERN GENERATION?

Syl Juxon Smith is a Member of ASIS & WABA: Commercial Industrial Business Security Consult (Africa) CCTV SYSTEMS-ALARMS-ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS TENDER AND DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS HOME GROWN INTEGRATED SECURITY SOLUTIONS WITH EXPERIENCE IN AFRICA – Offering PR International Trade and Business Consult and Representation

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