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WHY WE PRAY FOR EVERYTHING IN NIGERIA by Uwuma Precious


You either have everything working for you or you've never gone out there to get anything done, else you won't marvel at why religion is huge business in Nigeria.
Here everything depends on God.
You want to make that urgent bank transfer? You pray for your bank to have "network", else....
You're rushing someone to the emergency of any hospital in Nigeria? You pray for the needed drugs, machines and personnel to be available, functioning, else...
You are coming back from work, tired and need that weekend rest? You'll have to pray for NEPA, the traffic warden, your neighborhood church (or it will be in session blaring noise into your bedroom) and the Jumaat prayers of course, else the road might still be blocked by bowing folks.
If you are not prayerful enough, the day you will need to make that life and death phone call will be the day all the network service providers will be "having challenges" and frustrate your already twisted hustle. Who do you report? NCC? Nah. "God punish MTN" will be your best call. And that too requires faith.
In Nigeria you just have to be very prayerful. Even the government recognizes it cannot do anything if the citizens don't pray hard enough to God. So at every turn they ask citizens to pray, pray and pray! In fact government functions actually begin with prayers from one religion and end with prayers from the other.
Prayer is the key to everything here except for those with the right connections and political power. To these, prayer is merely a superfluous gesture of identification with the horde of praying folks, a kind of gesture of humility.
You are an undergraduate? You need prayers against ASUU strikes, missing scripts, lecherous lecturers, gun-wielding students...honey you need prayers to graduate.
You are a young graduate in need of a job and even a spouse? Church is the key.
That bigman in your congregation will notice you with your pink monkey jacket always greeting folks and directing them on where and how to park their cars and consider you to be very humble and godly and find you that coveted spot in his ministry.
Forget that there's no advert in the papers. The real jobs don't get advertised my friend. You just fill the right forms and gbam! you are in and your pastor will sing and dance as you testify to the power of the living God of Daddy Apostle.
If you can attend all your prayers and ensure you have major roles in your Jumaat mosque, my friend one day your imam will announce that a bigman says he has a couple of slots in his ministry and you, my friend will scream alhamdulillah! as your name will be the first on the list.
See, in Nigeria, everything depends on God. Even when you can afford to pay for steady internet connectivity, you still have to pray for the network service providers else, half your sub will go to waste and there's nothing you can do except report them to God.
You need prayers my friend. Loads of it.
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