Does Nigeria really come under dictatorship?

Struggle for Nigeria's natural resources

"Contrary to what some media claim, the current conflicts in Nigeria are not of a religious nature. The background is rather greed, hunger for power and corruption. In Nigeria, various companies are fighting for power and influence. They want to control the market and the environment They are trying to destabilize the government so that they can pursue their interests undisturbed. Nigeria is very rich, but the money stays in the pockets of a few. These are the groups that cause chaos in our country and make money from it. "

The religions, especially Islamic fundamentalism, are only used by the troublemakers, emphasizes Benedictine Father Peter, who runs a monastery in southern Nigeria and is one of the most famous Christian theologians in the country. The aim of commercial enterprises is to conceal the disputes as a religious conflict in order to hide the true intentions of the interest groups.

"Churches are being bombed, villages are being attacked and people are being killed by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. That is true. But there is also a strong inter-religious movement nationwide in Nigeria and very good relationships between Muslims and Christians Shooting at the church and then good Muslims help us to rebuild it. There are also many Muslims who officially condemn terrorism. I am therefore sure that it is not a war between Christians and Muslims. "

A dynamic young community lives in the Saint Benedikt Monastery of Ewu-Ishan, which includes 40 Benedictines with an average age of 38 years. Thank goodness, said Prior Peter, the region has been spared from the bloody fighting so far.

"In Ewu-Ishan there are equal parts of Christians, Muslims and followers of the traditional African religion. Even within a family, all three faiths can be represented. The incumbent ruler in our area is a Muslim, our monastery has excellent relations with him. Also ours Employees belong to all three religions. And that's a good thing. We don't make rallies for peace, we all just live together peacefully in everyday life. "

The monks earn their living with the production of natural medicines. For most diseases, explains Prior Peter, there are tried and tested products. Even patients suffering from AIDS or cancer are convinced that the monastery's natural medicine can alleviate their symptoms.

"We use old African recipes that have been passed down for generations. At first we only wanted to help the villagers near our monastery with the medicine. But today our products are known throughout Nigeria under the name Pax Herbal. Pax - peace - is Our Benedictine motto. At the moment we are even trying to adapt the packs of some products to European standards in order to be able to export them to Europe or the USA. But most of our medicine is sold through a wide network in Nigeria. "

The community guesthouse is fully booked all year round. There are quite a few Muslims among the visitors. The medical products, according to the Benedictine, are only one reason for the influx that the monastery has.

"It is often said that Africa is a very religious continent, and that is certainly true for Nigeria. Our young people usually know the difference between superficial needs and deeper longing. That is why many come to us. They are looking for orientation and a purpose in life . They need a quiet, safe place where they can have profound experiences that they miss in everyday life. "