This book discussed about benefits and costs of football betting among Nigerian youths. The book evaluates gambling as a concept, origin, gambling explanation theories, problem gambling and religious perspective on gambling were evaluated. Forms of gambling, sports betting in Nigeria like pool betting, football betting also causes and purposes of gambling were discussed. The benefits of football betting such as employment generation, revenue for government, economic benefit to few luck bettors were noted as well the costs of football betting like inability to save money, addiction to alcohol, suicide, crime were expatiated. The role of the Church to curtail high rate of youth involvement in gambling as well strategies and policies that could help to curb youth propensity to betting were articulated.
This book discusses petroleum pipeline vandalism in Nigeria, particularly in Osisioma Ngwa of Abia State. The book evaluates a brief survey of pipeline vandalism in Nigeria, reasons people are involved in pipeline vandalism such as general liberation struggle, economic reason, and as acts of sabotage. The patterns pipeline vandals operate were x-rayed. Causes of pipeline vandalism such as poverty, unemployment, government insincerity and poor state of development, corruption in the security sector and sabotage in the oil sector were noted as well the effects which include; economic loss leading to poor economy, fuel scarcity, destruction of lives and properties, environmental degradation, inadequate power supply. The book concludes that the menace of pipeline vandalism could be curbed through the effective and strategic role of the government, security agents, Church, mass media and the citizens.
This book intends to showcase how social media would be harnessed for the good of students. Chapter one elucidates the introduction to the study of social media in tertiary institution. Chapter two contains overview of the study. Chapter three explores brief history of social media, forms, features, types and challenges of the use of social media. Chapter four deals with appraisal of social media as a blessing and burden to students. Chapter five shows the methods to ameliorating the burden of social media. Chapter six which brings the study to a close. The study concludes that social media could be harnessed for a successful academic pursuit of undergraduates.
This book points out the menace of baby factory activities in Nigeria with a prompt call for strategic role of the government, security agents, mass media, good citizens and the Church to curb it in our society. Chapter one shows introduction to the study of baby factory activity in Nigeria. Chapter two gives an overview of the work. Chapter three explores the phenomenon of baby factory. Chapter four points to strategic roles to be played by the government, mass media security agents, citizenry and the Church to combat it. Chapter five concludes the work with recommendations.
African Traditional Religion (ATR) is the indigenous religion practiced by Africans before the advent of Islam and Christianity. As these foreign religions were introduced to Nigeria, the early missionaries in their quest to eradicate African Traditional Religion and to impose the foreign religion on the indigenous people devised many ways to put ATR to extinct. These includes expedition, derogatory names as well as describing it as something evil which ought to not to be practiced by Africans. Thus, it seems that ATR has gone to extinct and is no more influential in our society. This book shows how ATR will survive despite the presence of foreign religions (Islam and Christianity) in Nigeria. In an attempt to examine the influences of foreign religions on the indigenous religion in Nigeria, it was discovered that foreign religions with their various cultures to Nigeria have both positive and negative influences on ATR. With these influences on ATR it seems that ATR will go to extinction but it will not because in matters of deeper things of life such as birth, festival, marriage, customs and death, Nigerians have remained largely followers of indigenous religion. Therefore, ATR will continue to thrive and influence Nigerians despite the presence of Islam and Christianity.
Nigeria having thousands of Pentecost Churches coupled with the variety of religious programmes and activities they organize daily, it would be assumed that there will be high level of decency and moral living especially among the members of these Pentecostal Churches. But a thorough examination of the life style of the laity and members of some of the Pentecostal Churches, show that they are not found wanting in immorality. Some of the pastors from these Pentecostal Churches through healing ministry materially and spiritually exploit people, prosperity message is their main gospel while salvation message has been relegated to the background. Organization of revivals and crusade with the sole aim of making money and attracting youths to their Churches. The establishments owned by some of the Pentecostal Churches are beyond the reach of the poor members as cost of accessing the services of these establishments are exorbitant. Sexual immortality is not exempted as members accuse pastors of attempted rape, court cases between Churches are on the increase as well as Church leadership crisis which most times is settled by the secular court. These elements of decay in some Pentecostal Churches paint the Church black and white and is inimical to the growth of Christianity in Nigeria hence, there is need for genuine revival to restore true Christian practice by believers in Nigeria. Chapter one opens with introduction to the book. Chapter two reveals elements of decay in Christianity. Chapter three dwelt on Pentecostalism in Nigeria tracing the brief origin of Pentecostalism in Nigeria, general characteristics of Pentecostalism, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria. Chapter four exposes elements of decay in some Pentecostal Churches in Nigeria which includes; rivalries/unhealthy competition, materialism/prosperity gospel and commercialization of religious objects, proliferation of Churches, rejection of priest, abuse of spiritual gifts, neglect of poor Church members, simony in ecclesiastical office, lack of evangelism into interior villages, sexual immorality, divorce, Church leadership crisis, indecent dressing. Ways to curb immorality in the Church such as proper teaching of the gospel, practicing Christian values and prayer. Chapter five concludes the book.
Africans value good health and make sure that anything that causes harm to health is avoided. Sickness is inimical to health thus Africans can spend a lot to treat themselves when they are sick. Africans seek for holistic healing of which Christian healing ministry can offer through the power of Jesus Christ. Thus, Christian healing ministry becomes an integral part of Nigerian society to bring holistic healing to various diseases they suffer. The church is to carry out the Great Commission along with the healing ministry. Although there are problems associated with Christian healing ministry as a result of fake faith healers in the ministry yet Christian healing ministry has been of a great help to Nigerian Christians and the society at large. The chapters are arranged in the following ways: Chapter one opens with introduction to the study. Chapter two is discussed about ill-health, healing and health. Chapter three focused on dimensions of Christian healing ministry centered on Christianity and healing emphasis and it includes healing ministry of Jesus, purpose of Jesus healing ministry, healing ministry in the early church, healing ministry in post apostolic era, Pentecostalism and healing ministry, early missionary thrust and the quest for healing, prophetic healing movement, Pentecostalism and quest for divine healing. Chapter four points out the contributions and problems of Christian healing ministry inclusive of the following; impact of Christian healing ministry on the Church and Christians, church growth, spiritual revival of the church, supernatural healing and impact of healing ministry on the society. The problems include; abuses, unnecessary emphasis on the influence of demons and evil spirits, inappropriate use of sacramental inadequate medical care, declining spiritual commitment, materialism and commercial ministry and family crisis. Chapter five brings the work to a close. The book sheds more light on pastoral care in Christian healing ministry to achieve the purpose of which Christian healing ministry is originally meant.
Nigerian Women are vital and veritable tools for development of our nation Nigerian. They are endowed with potentials, creative talents and skills which when they are allowed to utilize them in the society will produce meaningful results. Women have integral and indispensable role to play in the family, church and the society at large but the existence of patriarchy seems to hinder women from discharging fully such vital roles. Women form the integral part of the liberation that Christ gained for the human race through His vicarious death on the cross. Hence, the Church should utilize all available resources to achieve gender equality in the society. The book is organised in the following chapters. Chapter one is the introduction of the book. Chapter two examined patriarchy in human society. Focusing on concept of patriarchy, rise of patriarchy, influence of Plato and Aristotle on patriarchy, theory of matriarchy and women experience in the Nigerian patriarchal society. Chapter three discussed rise of feminism. Tracing the history of feminism, its movement, Nigeria women and wave of feminism. Chapter four explored Christian appraisal of feminism among Nigerian women including the following; gender equality in the bible, Christianity and gender equality, Christian feminism, feminist theology, Christian women association, encouraging religious education for women development. other approaches to achieve gender equality such as: Dukors theistic humanism and committee on the elimination of discrimination against women were noted. Chapter five concludes the book.
Kidnapping dates back to Ancient Near East and is still happening in the contemporary world. In contemporary Nigerian society, kidnapping is rampant.Kidnapping for any reason is a crime against humanity, it reduces man to the semblance of an animal. It has created insecurity, threat to national security and adverse effect on our political, social and economic life.Kidnaping and other violent crimes such as insurgency and terrorism have painted Nigerian nation white and black in the comity of nations and placed the nation among terrorist nations in the world. Violent crimes of which kidnapping is among has denied Nigeria the peace professed in the National Pledge. To this end, this work intends to showcase how this inhuman act would be addressed by the positive role of the Church.Chapter one elucidates the introduction to the study of kidnapping in Nigeria. Chapter two shows the overview of the book.Chapter three explore brief history of modern Nigeria, origin, patterns, targets, purposes, causes and effects of kidnapping. Chapter four portrays the positive role of the Church in ameliorating kidnapping in Nigeria . Chapter five brings the book to an end. The research concludes that the Church with its positive role can ameliorate kidnapping in Nigeria.
It is expected of students to concentrate on their studies while in school and if possible engage in meaningful activities geared towards achieving success in their academic pursuit. Contemporarily, things have fallen apart as many of the students no longer focus on their studies but involve in activities such as cultism, sports betting and so on. Sports betting especially football betting is thriving in Nigeria and receives greater patronage from university students who need money for school expenses. Thus, most of them involve deeply in sports betting activity to the extent that they give less attention to their academics leading to poor academic performance. This calls for proactive action by religious bodies and other relevant agencies in the society to curb high patronage of students to sports betting.
Broken marriage is now a common occurrence in various parts of the world. In contemporary Nigeria, broken marriage is becoming increasingly high. It has created insecurity, threat to family harmony and adverse effect on the institution of marriage. The predicament of broken marriage on Children is enormous, as they may be devastated and may not receive proper parental care and training thus may not be decent, may not live a moral life and may become public nuisance in the society. Children are the future leaders thus should be properly trained to face the challenges in the future but it seems that the menace of broken marriage is robbing them of this opportunity to be properly trained, oriented and prepared as future leaders. Children from broken homes may have low self-esteem, become dropouts, social nuisance which may be detrimental to the society. This book intends to showcase how this social malady would be addressed by the positive role of the Church and the society with her valuable indigenous practices to curb divorce.
African philosophy of hard work permeates the life of African people. African youths who understand this philosophy will not be lazy but will be proactive in their various endeavours and pursuit of a better life. Most Nigerian youths are not lazy this is because they engage in variety of works in order to make quick money. Becoming rich at a young age is not evil but the source of the wealth is what matters. Of a truth some Nigerian youths are wealthy while others are also in the journey to achieve success. This book points out various engagements Nigerian youths involve themselves into so that they can achieve their desired dreams of becoming influential personalities in the society. In this book, the various engagements of Nigerian youths are divided into positive and negative means of making quick money. The book also contain tips required in the journey to achieve success.
The political culture of Nigerian politics is associated with corruption, election violence, thuggery, election malpractices, kidnapping and assassination of political opponents, political instability and many more. This has made many Nigerian Christians to conceive politics as a dirty game, evil and something not worth venturing in, but it is good to know that Christian responsibility extends from personal to the realm of politics. Hence, Christian participation in politics is a moral obligation that every adult Christian is obliged to do. Apostle Paul encouraged Christians to be submissive to the government Romans 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. In Nigeria, the right to vote and to be voted for is not only a right but a civic responsibility. Christians should be involved in and contribute to democratic politics without losing sight of its mission and vision. Thus, Nigerian Christians in obedience to Romans 13:1 should actively participate in Nigerian politics to ensure social justice and equity in Nigerian society.
Cultism by its very nature causes disruption of order and brings about a decline in public safety and security because it is an act of terror. Also, it impedes the material progress of the people who are still struggling with recent economic recession which has brought poverty and underdevelopment despite huge human and natural resources available in the nation. Joining cult group is a suicide mission which one may not have a second chance to retreat as most times the end of cultists are untimely death or incarceration in prison. Cult clashes brings death to both cultists, innocent citizens and destruction of properties which reduces human and capital resources that is a necessity for national development. To this end, religious organizations and government’s effective policies and measures could help to curb cultism in Nigeria.
Domestic violence (DV) is a common occurrence in various parts of the world today. In contemporary Igbo society DV is experienced by men, women, children and elderly people but it seems that it often occurs against women. DV for any reason is not good as it has damaging effects on the family and the society at large. Western countries view DV as a crime punishable by law but reverse is the case in African society as it is considered as a family affair. This book focuses on how this inhuman act would be addressed by the positive response of the Church.
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