Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, is set to stop the re-introduction of Islamic Religious Knowledge, into secondary curriculum.
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, President, Rev. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, made this disclosure when he led a delegation to the Presidential Villa, to visit Osinbajo, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, in Abuja, on Wednesday.
The CAN President, whose speech was released to State House Reporters, on Thursday, described the curriculum as divisive, obnoxious, ungodly, and a time bomb, which he warned, could set the country on fire.
“We are here to point your attention to a time-bomb, obnoxious, divisive and ungodly secondary school curriculum that the Federal Ministry of Education is introducing into our schools and of which we had earlier complained to the Presidency. Then, if I am not mistaking, it was suspended but has again been re-introduced without any review at all. This curriculum, the brain-child of Nigerian Educational Research Council, an agency of the Federal Ministry of Education.
“To us in Christian Association of Nigeria, it’s introduction is an ill-wind that blows nobody any good for so many reasons…In this curriculum, Islamic and Christian Religious Studies will no longer be studied in schools as subjects on their own but as themes in a civic education.
“This is undermining the sound mitral values that these two subjects had imparted in the past to our children which had made us to religiously and ethnically co-exist without any tension. It was some three or two decades ago when our education planners started removing the teaching of religious values through the cancellation of morning devotion in schools that all these violence by youths in different forms came on board.
I was in a meeting yesterday with some Muslim leaders where one of them also expressed his fears about the dangers in this new curriculum. As prophets to the nation, we demand a complete withdraw and ban of this curriculum.