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A Dangerous Awakening

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Iheanyi M. Enwerem

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Obaro Ikime

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It is true that the majority of the southern political elites were converts to, and beneficiaries from, Christianity. However, given their anti-colonial nationalistic sentiments, they were generally lukewarm to Christianity on account of its connection with colonialism. Even when the southern politicians expressed interest in religion, they generally did so more for their political survival than for the interests of the faith or out of an unequivocal commitment to their faith. This equivocation about one's faith is not the case with most of the political elite from the North. For them, as Shehu Shagari was reported to have revealed years later, one is ‘finished’ if, in politics, one appears to be anti-Islamic. . . .
Iheanyi M. Enwerem, A Dangerous Awakening, pp. 49-50

This book is a study of religion and politics, using the origins, aims, structure and operation of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as points of reference. The study is situated in the larger Nigerian religio-p...

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