‘You could incite genocide’ — Maraji sparks outrage with religious comments
Gloria Oloruntobi, Nigerian comedienne better known as Maraji, has stirred up a hornets‘ nest on social media after she made a sensitive statement concerning religion.
TheCable outlines that content creator had taken to her Instagram story to share a meme which carries her opinion “on the only way to heaven”.
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“There is only one way to heaven, no Allah, no Buddha, no Krishna, no evolution, only Jesus,” the meme read.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one come to the father, except through me. John 14:6.”
The statement appeared to have emanated from a conversation with a user who sought to know if “we actually worship the same God.”
“Not trying to offend anyone but the truth is offensive,” she wrote.
The post was shared on Sunday, while Muslims celebrated the Eid-al-Adha festival also known as the ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’.
Her comment has, however, provoked differing reactions among Nigerians on social media platforms, especially on Twitter, where it is currently top of trends.
While a segment of users defended her for “sharing her religious beliefs”, others condemned her for “picking the biggest day in the Muslim calendar to post that”.
“Maraji is a terrible human. She had to pick the biggest day in the Muslim calendar to post that. Do you know that could incite crimes & genocide against humanity? especially in Nigeria where there’s Christian-Muslim strife. 50 people killed themselves in Kaduna not too long ago,” a Twitter user said.
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“Maraji is an Instagram comedian. This means her IG account is her office. Imagine your neighbourhood supermarket telling you over the loudspeaker on Eid that Jesus is the only way (or on Easter, that he isn’t). I follow her on Twitter for her jokes, not her opinions,” another user said.
Maraji is a terrible human. She had to pick the biggest day in the Muslim calendar to post that. Do you know that could incite crimes & genocide against humanity? especially in Nigeria where there’s Christian-Muslim strife. 50 people killed themselves in Kaduna not too long ago.
I love Maraji, but this is quite offensive. I mean, she can preach about Christianity & Jesus without slamming other religions. She can win souls through the right preachings. Let people practice what they strongly believe in. At the end, it’s only God that can be the judge.
Imagine not being able to talk about Jesus because "you're a public figure" and it would be insensitive to your fans. Y'all are canceling Maraji for the same thing the jews cancelled Jesus for. He is the son of God, he died and rose on the third day, he is God
The Christians roasting Maraji are the most stupid set of people on this planet. I can’t even believe this.
If you can’t stand for Christ at all times because it’s a “sensitive” topic then are you even a Christian?
Thinking what Maraji said is offensive is like saying being a Christian is offensive, no one should be offended. If a Muslim says what they believe in and that they don’t believe in Jesus I wouldn’t be offended because we cannot all believe in the same things.
I woke up & saw Maraji trending & I thought oh wow, new video for me to watch/laugh. Only to see her trending for this, well honestly IDC what she thinks. As Muslims, we believe in Jesus as the prophet of Allah not son of GOD, we believe we're going to Jannah so na she sabi fam
Maraji is trending for basically reminding people of the foundation of Christian belief..... And in extension the foundation of all religions that theirs is the only way. This outrage is exactly why I became a part of no religion, it's all inherited anyway.
Girl is a Christian and she's being a Christian... I wouldn't be offended if a Muslim says other wise in preaching the gospel, the Word has been there for thousands of years but you chose to bash Maraji because she's a celebrity? Nah, leave the poor girl alone
I do not dispute or contend with Maraji over her post, but one thing I ve learnt is:
Religion is a very sensitive issue in Nigeria
as much as possible
I stay away from throwing out my opinion into an uncontrolled public space.
We could have One on One conversation
While @Maraji_ is entitled to her belief that all religions other than Christianity are false, she’s insensitive to her fans in that regard. We all believe our religion is THE answer, but there’s wisdom in knowing how to deal with a diverse society, especially as a public figure.