Fanaticism has taken over Nigeria, says Omatseye
The Chairman of the Editorial Board of The Nation, Mr Sam Omatseye, has said the increasing religious fanaticism in the country has led to endless killings.
The award-winning columnist and author spoke last night at the MUSON Centre in Onikan, Lagos, where he staged a play, titled: The Siege. It was in honour of Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka on his 80th birthday.
Omatseye decried the inability of Christians and Muslims to find the right language to communicate because of religious differences.
Addressing reporters on the play, he said: “We are beginning to talk in terms of religion rather than in terms of humanity. So, the book seeks to bring into focus the humanity of our differences.
“The book is about a clash of beliefs and the lack of fidelity to country and land, forgetting that beneath all of this, there is a very decent humanity.
“This play is a classic story that lives with us today because we are in a world where we are gradually slipping into fanatical phthisis.”
The play is based on historical events with their tragedy, egotism and the pains of their cruel wisdom, he added.
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