CAN Warns ABU Against Making Islamic Law Compulsory For Christian Students

CAN Warns ABU Against Making Islamic Law Compulsory For Christian Students

By Idibia Gabriel, Kaduna

Christian Association of Nigerian, CAN, Kaduna State, has again warned against an attempt to make Islamic law compulsory course for Christians students in Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, saying it’s against Nigeria constitutional provision of religious freedom.

 
CAN, in a statement signed on Monday by the State chairman, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, frowned at a “situation where Christians students are asked to pay dues that are for religious organisations that are not their faiths”. Hayab stated that CAN noted that “Such an abnormally has led to” social media message  “ISLAMIZATION OR NOT, COME TO ABU ZARIA AND VERIFY”, which has gone viral”. According to him, “It began when the university allegedly made Islamic Law a compulsory course for Christian diploma students. 
“Newly admitted 2019/2020 Post Graduate admission captured Muslim Students Society dues in its break dawn (MSS dues N1000)   compulsory payment for all Christians.
“Even though the attention of the management of ABU was brought to the above misnomer and correction has since been made, but the mistake should not have occurred in the first place.
“Besides, although the error was observed and corrected the refund to Christian students who had earlier paid the dues was still a clouded matter. 
“It is in light of the above that CAN Kaduna is calling on all institutions of Government to respect religious sensitivity and be neutral in accordance with the nation’s constitutional provision of religious freedom. We must not repeat mistakes or act in a way that breeds suspicion and doubt in the minds of citizens.
“The agencies of Government that are responsible for checking, correcting and enforcing sanctions on those guilty of these breaches must be seen acting appropriately” , CAN stated. 
He earlier stated that “Government Institutions Must Stop Acts that can Trigger Religious Tension Among Students in the Nation.Government institutions must be seen to be neutral in the way they handle their admission processes and in the content of their admission letters”


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