Original Research - Special Collection: African Hermeneutics

Deploying the theology of maggots on the excess manna (Ex 16:20) in the fight against corruption in Nigeria

Collins I. Ugwu, Uchenna V. Eze
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 43, No 1 | a2524 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v43i1.2524 | © 2022 Collins I. Ugwu, Uchenna V. Eze | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 March 2022 | Published: 22 September 2022

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Collins I. Ugwu, Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of Old Testament and Hebrew Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Uchenna V. Eze, Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of Old Testament and Hebrew Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Corruption has undoubtedly become a familiar concept that has almost paralysed the whole gamut of our private and cooperative lives. The rate at which it occurs is described as unprecedented. There is no gainsaying that corruption is one of the severest social threats to society, especially in developing countries like Nigeria. In this article, the authors appreciate the efforts of the Nigerian government in curbing corruption but note the prevalence of this menace despite all efforts. The authors wish to provide a model with which the trend of corruption can be reduced to the barest minimum, if not entirely eradicated. This model was styled out of the theology of maggots on the excess manna amassed by some misguided Israelites during their wilderness journey into the promised land in Exodus 16:20. The method adopted was a secondary method of data collection, which was a library source. Also, as this was a biblical study, hermeneutical tools were employed to interpret the concepts and analyse the text properly. It was discovered that corrupt people are not people in need; rather, they are driven by greed. In addition, the authors discovered that when this model was employed, corruption was reduced drastically, at least within the period of the wilderness journey of the Israelites. This model comes from a biblical background and will go a long way in redirecting the Nigerian populace towards shunning corruption and the people perpetrating it. This is because a great percentage of the Nigerian population adheres to this biblical faith or religion.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The article contributes to theology and ethics. It investigates the pericope found in Exodus 16:20 and directly deploys its approach in solving the menace of corruption bedevilling Nigerian society. The article is apt because the pericope of Exodus 16:20 provides a lucid response to the problem of corruption.


Keywords

maggots; Exodus 16:20; corruption; Nigeria; excess manna

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