By Victor Ernest
A pro-democracy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has said the scrapping of Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) from public school’s curriculum is a threat to Nigeria’s unity.
The group in a statement called the Adamu Adamu-led Ministry of Education ”an agent of destabilisation of inter-religious harmony”.
It accused the education minister of appointing ”Islamic religious faith group” to head the strategic educational agencies such as the National Universities Commission (NUC); Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB); Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), among others.
”We view this primordial inclination to favour his own religious orientation in the framing and implementation of national educational policies even when section 10 of the Constitution of Nigeria has absolutely banned the elevation of any religion as state religion.
”We are aware of the very destabilising plots to foist the study of Islamic religious study as compulsory subject in public secondary school even when the constitution in section 38 (1) and (2) provides that on occasion will a strange religious faith be taught to students/pupils of different religious persuasions,” the statement read in part.
The group, therefore, demanded the restoration of both Islamic religious study and Christian religious knowledge as subjects in public schools.
It also demanded an alternative subject to be called African traditional religious study to be introduced to balance the ”religious equation in Nigeria”.