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The way and manner religious institutions are behaving and selling God lately, we no longer know who created who, weather God created man or man created him for a purpose.

A hilarious book on scam and religious fraud happening all over the world. The African continent has more churches than factories yet the continent fails to develop. The crime rate is escalating. The number 419 refers to chapter 38 of the article of the Nigerian criminal code meaning obtaining properties by false pretences, cheating, dealing with fraud.

The Holy books have been misinterpreted and Africans suffer a lot because of this. The African continent has failed to develop because of misinterpretation of religious doctrines and teachings. The Bible for instance has been presented allegorically in most instances but it may be surprising to know that in all of those instances, Africans absorb the meaning literarily. I asked someone how Noah could build an arc that will contain all the animal species in the world and how the arc survived the biblical flood. What were those animals eating in that arc and what is the size of this arc that it could contain all the various animal species in the world. I asked also how the fishes entered the same arc and if they did, how they survived since there was no water in the arc. In the first place, Noah was running away from the flood, fishes cannot live without water so how did he ensure the survival of the fishes. Did Noah design a hook to catch the fishes and position them in the arc or did the fishes just made their way into the arc. I asked these questions and people laughed yet giving me no clear answers.

This book is written to sensitize the masses against the growing ugly trend of 419 schemes happening on the internet; in churches and other religious bodies; in GSM companies, stock and investment companies; at the grassroots; and within political structures. It has been estimated that every second at least 10,000 scams are happening in the world. Someone out there is either selling dreams or buying one. This book contains hilarious stories of 419 schemes that will make you both laugh and think. This book will also make you realize that although 419 is a Nigerian criminal code, it is not only a Nigerian thing but a global thing. 419 is happening everywhere, even as you pick up your phone and send strings of text messages to your service providers, either to enter a lottery draw or answer a ‘simple’ question on a TV promo to win a million. Anyone can be a victim of 419 schemes, even Albert Einstein, even the Pope, Nelson Mandela, George Bush, or Bill Gates. It is all about what we desperately desire and our greedy human instincts. 419 has many different faces. 419 is the selling of false dreams. This book aims to help the African youth to abstain from falling for or promoting any acts of 419. Wealth from such an ugly means cannot be used to enhance creativity and achieve the developmental goals we need in the continent. 419 destroy trust in human and business relationships; 419 causes emotional wrecks and, in extreme cases, death of the victim by suicide; 419 is an abuse of time and creative energy. To the perpetrators of 419 scams, I say: stop selling dreams and get a life, for when you hypnotize others you hypnotize yourself too. For all of those religious fanatics and hypocrites, selling God and false dreams, I say to you stop such ugly acts and find better things to do with your lives and time.

In some instances people do not want to be engaged in these discussions because the degree of brainwash, lack of self-belief and in most instances narrow-mindedness. Most people do not believe in themselves hence they must believe in something. We do not advise people not to believe in something but let whatever you believe in be realistic as you may end up believing in things that never existed mostly when God is involved. This book goes ahead to say that if there is any entity whose name is definitely God then he is a Universal God for the entire human race. God is either for all or for none.

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