Evil Men in the House of God: An Analytical Study of the Involvement of Christian and Muslim Clerics in Crime in Nigeria

  • Abdul Hakeem A. Akanni Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria.

Abstract

The rate of involvement of supposedly men of God in crime across the world and particularly in Nigeria has become a matter of serious concern for many people. For one thing, it calls to question the sanctity of the pulpit and for another, the relevance and perhaps the need for religion in human society. Stories of the involvement of ‘men of God’ in all sorts of crime make headlines in local and international newspapers and magazines. A good number of these ‘priests and ministers of God’ surprisingly confessed to committing those crimes. Some of the crimes were also committed within the premises of the ‘House of God’. This paper therefore, seeks to find explanations for this phenomenon on the one hand, and on the other offer recommendations on how to minimize it, and if possible, halt it. This is with a view to giving religion and its advocates the honour they deserve in human society. The paper adopted the analytical approach. It is divided into seven parts. Part one which is the introduction opened the paper. This is followed by part two which gave the meaning of crime, the nature of criminals and punishments to be given for crimes. Part three presented the perspectives of Christianity and Islam on the concept of crime. In part four, an account of some criminal cases involving Christian and Muslim clerics in Nigeria was given. This is closely followed by a critical analysis of the crimes involved in by men of God, finding reasons for the phenomenon. In section six, ways of curtaining the scourge were suggested while the last section drew the conclusion.


Keywords: Crime in Nigeria, men of God, clerics, Pastors, Imams, House of God

Published
2020-10-30
How to Cite
AKANNI, Abdul Hakeem A.. Evil Men in the House of God: An Analytical Study of the Involvement of Christian and Muslim Clerics in Crime in Nigeria. KIU Journal of Humanities, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 3, p. 251-263, oct. 2020. ISSN 2522-2821. Available at: <https://ijhumas.com/ojs/index.php/kiuhums/article/view/1042>. Date accessed: 22 jan. 2022.