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Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka is sad at the role religion has played in the level of insecurity in Nigeria, noting that the rate at which religion is killing people is alarming.

Speaking on Thursday in Abuja, at a book launch of renowned professor and author, Olufemi Vaughan, Soyinka called on authorities to tame religion.

He said, “If we do not tame religion in Nigeria, religion will kill us.

Saddened by the recent killings in Southern Kaduna, Soyinka stated that “many Nigerians have paid the ultimate price because of religion and religion is now embedded in our society.

“The innocent ones are the ones who often pay the ultimate price in religious crisis. Even religious leaders cannot denounce the murdering acts of religion.

“Religion now induce trauma and anxiety instead of solace that it claims to give. Religion is the ironic product of human inadequacy.

“There is a monster always waiting to pounce on innocent Nigerians under the name of religion.”

Author: Yemi Olarinre