orality refers to ideas and concepts that are regarded as absolute guidelines for human behavior, such as right or wrong, or good or bad action. It can also be described as a yardstick for determining whether something is right or wrong, or whether something is good or bad; good in the sense that it must be done, or terrible in the sense that it must be avoided.
Moral decadence, on the other hand, is the degradation, decay, or decrease of morals. It denotes a significant decline in a society’s moral ideals. As a result, moral degeneration appears to be a lowering of society’s moral standard. It describes a decline or failure to uphold our societal ideals, beliefs, conventions, and ethical standards. What is wrong becomes right, and what society should despise becomes what they defend in a culture where moral standards are declining.
Family disorientation, divorce, marital infidelity, and child maltreatment are all prevalent in current Nigerian society, leading to the growth of additional vices such as teen pregnancy, drug addiction, and prostitution. Other forms of moral degradation that have become the norm include ritual killings, examination malpractice, kidnapping, armed robbery, bribery, and corruption.
The open display of immoral activity in today’s society is a clear evidence of the society’s high level of moral decay. It is undeniable that in today’s world, moral decadence has entirely superseded essential moral ideals. This devastating phenomenon is to blame for some of Nigeria’s greatest challenges.
To speak unambiguously, the great level of religiosity currently observed in Nigeria has not been appropriately converted into the high level of moral standard anticipated of a religiously flourishing society like ours.
Religion is a powerful element in most Nigerians’ lives, as we all know. Religion, by its very nature, instructs its followers on what is right and wrong, good and bad. For many Nigerians, their religion is their first and fundamental moral compass. Morality and religion, according to many religious people, are inextricably linked. To put it another way, religion is the sole source of morality and justification.
When men lose their faith, moral perplexity and degradation are expected, according to this viewpoint. However, because Nigerians are deeply religious people who are fervent and committed to their religious convictions, how can we explain the moral corruption in the country?
To put it another way, religion as practised in this country has taken on a hypocritical air. The majority of Nigerians are morally depraved hypocrites posing as Muslims and Christians.
Religion is a form of worship for Nigerians, particularly when it involves public appearances like Friday prayers and Sunday services. Daily prayers and fasting are also practised by many Muslims and Christians at some time during the year. For the most part, though, this is where religion ends and hypocrisy begins for most people.
This explains why, despite our claims to be pious and devoted to the ways of God, corruption, misappropriation of public funds, rape, armed robbery, examination malpractice, sexual immorality, and other vile vices remain unabated.
We invoke the name of God only when it serves our purposes, but in reality, we are liars, thieves, and murderers who try to deceive ourselves and the rest of the world into believing that we are more religious than the rest of humanity, despite the fact that evidence to the contrary is readily available.