An islamic religious leader aka Alfa, has been arrested for abducting a young woman who returned from Dubai, keeping her in his apartment for months, and raping her repeatedly.
These are indeed difficult times. With the economy at its lowest in over a decade, people are getting increasingly desperate, and creative at how to make money in Lagos. Hard crime is on the increase, fraudsters have increased in number, and so have religious charlatans (fake pastors and Alfas).
Interestingly, the bible warned more than 2,000 years ago that most who claim to come in the name of the Lord are indeed fake. So how is it then that nigerians and many other people around the world continue to entrust their lives and livelihood into the hands of anyone who claims to be a religious leader?
Desperation. That is the main reason for this folly. It is also a cultural issue – where parents before have trusted one charlatan or the other it is easy for the children to grow up and continue the habit. It is also a sign of mental laziness where the get rich quick syndrome has completely taken over the minds of the people. And where instead of thinking through problems, it’s easier to hand them over to a religious man for solving.
Or how else can we explain a situation where a young clearly enlightened woman needs to go to an Alfa because of a dream she had? This was the situation which led the victim to the Alfa, whereupon he was able to cast spells on her. He was able to lure her from faraway Dubai where she was trading, back to Lagos and into captivity.
Admittedly, the story doesn’t quite add up. But what is certain is that the woman was held against her will and forced into sexual relations with the married Alfa. Curiously, the Alfa lived with his wife and 3 children in the same area. And no, the victim was neither tied down nor locked up. These are interesting times indeed.
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