Accepted paper:

"Give to Caesar what is unto Caesar", Politicization of Religion for Political Gains: South Africa and Nigeria in Comparative Perspective

Authors:

Oluwaseun Afolabi (IFRA-Nigeria/ University of Ibadan)
Adesoji Adedipe (University of KwaZulu Natal)

Paper short abstract:

The paper examines the manipulation of religion for political achievement in South Africa and Nigeria and posits that most religious preachers are driven by the love of money and fame, while politicians are driven by spiritual prowess of the religious leader and megacity of its religious centre.

Paper long abstract:

This paper utilizes the comparative lens to probe into manipulation of religion for political achievement in South Africa and Nigeria from a historical perspective. South Africa and Nigeria emerged from the doldrums of apartheid and military rule respectively towards the end of the 20th century, since then there has been a transfer of economic power to the political class, and a massive upsurge of religion in both countries. This study examined the cordiality that does exist between religious preachers and political entrepreneurs most especially during the time of election. The study posits amid other things, that most religious preachers are driven by the love of money and fame, whereas, politicians are driven by spiritual prowess of the religious leader and megacity of its religious centre. This paper makes a claim that this does more harm rather than good the society.

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