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By AYEKU, Adeyemi 

The great American author, Garrison Kellor once said; “ANYONE who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car”. This means that having a religious organisation beside your house does not make you a good Christian or a good Muslim. That is why Nigeria, a country with the highest rate of church attendance, according to the World Values Survey, is also the most corrupt in the world according to the 2016 Best Countries Rankings. Besides, if prosperity is based upon the strength of religion, then Nigeria should be one of the most blessed and peaceful nations of the world. The CIA world facts book, in 2015, recorded that Nigeria was the 6th most religious nation in the world. But sadly, China with about 49 percent of her population as atheists is far better than Nigeria in every aspect, as reported by in 2016. Clearly, prosperity is no respecter of religion.

JUDGES, LADIES and gentlemen, to check the strength of a theory, examine its advantages and disadvantages. If the latter outweighs the former, then, the theory should not stand the test of practicality. The question to be critically analyzed today is: of what benefit will it be for the society if religious organizations are allowed in residential areas? I dare to say that there is no benefit. And if there is a benefit, what is the essence, if it is drowning in the sea of disadvantages.

Most religious organisations, especially in Nigeria have become targets of terrorism. According to a statement released by the Department of State Services on the 28th of November, 2015, religious organisations were warned to be careful because of the determination of terrorists’ sects to attack them. Ladies and gentlemen, if religious organisations are the targets of terrorism, doesn’t this mean that allowing religious organisations in residential areas is allowing residential areas to become targets of terrorism?  For no man reaches for death when life is within his reach. 

Furthermore, the opinion of the people should be considered in this matter. An opinion poll conducted by Nigeria Real Estate Hub in June 2015 revealed that 90% of Nigerians are really against religious organizations in residential areas. Judges, ladies and gentlemen, vox populi; vos dei: the voice of the people is the voice of God

It is indeed obvious that my opponent has no stance in this debate. If I have learned anything from Law, it is that orderliness is a sine qua non to civilisation. If my opponents have learned from public health, they will not argue contrary to what they believe. They themselves cannot deny the adverse effects of having religious organisations in residential areas. They freely choose to rely on this truth to defend their lie.