Nigerian Version of Galt’s Gulch?

The Redeemed Christian Church of God’s international headquarters in Ogun state has been transformed from a mere megachurch to an entire neighborhood, with departments anticipating its members’ every practical as well as spiritual need.
A 25-megawatt power plant with gas piped in from the Nigerian capital serves the 5,000 private homes on site, 500 of them built by the church’s construction company.
New housing estates are springing up every few months where thick palm forests grew just a few years ago. To most people, this story is probably interesting because of what it says about Nigeria and religion.
But since I’m a wonky libertarian, what grabbed my attention was the fact that the church – for all intents and purposes – was building an anarcho-capitalist society.
Education is provided, from creche to university level. The Redemption Camp health center has an emergency unit and a maternity ward. …
“If you wait for the government, it won’t get done,” says Olubiyi. So the camp relies on the government for very little – it builds its own roads, collects its own rubbish, and organizes its own sewerage systems.
And being well out of Lagos, like the other megachurches’ camps, means that it has little to do with municipal authorities. …according to the head of the power plant, the government sends the technicians running its own stations to learn from them.
The camp’s security is mostly provided by its small army of private guards in blue uniforms. To be sure, it’s not a purely anarcho-capitalist society.
The Nigerian government still has the ultimate power to enforce laws. But from a practical, day-to-day perspective, the church has set up a private city governed by private contract and voluntary cooperation.
Sort of a Nigerian version of Galt’s Gulch.

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