CAN condemns ban on Christian Religious Knowledge in Northern public schools
From Uche Uche, Damaturu.
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN , has condemned the ban on the teaching of Christian religious knowledge in government schools in Yobe state and in some northern states of Nigeria, and called on such states to re-visit the policy so as to allow children the privilege of studying Christian religious education in Nigeria.
CAN which has also called for thorough investigation into the killings in Southern Kaduna and ensure that those behind the killings are brought to book.
The chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Yobe state chapter, Rev.Jibrin Joshua, who made the call yesterday while briefing newsmen at the premises of the 1st Baptist church, Damaturu, on behalf of CAN, equally called on both the federal and state government to re-double their efforts in putting these killings to an end and ensure that those affected are adequately compensated.
Rev. Joshua also pointed out other problems Christians faces, particularly in northern part of Nigeria to include the refusal to give certificate of occupancy for churches to be built, destruction of churches at the slightest provocation and non-broadcast of Christian programmes in the mass media particularly in state owned media.
Others include abduction and forceful conversion of under-aged Christian girls and an appeal to the government to return mission schools it took over in 1972 to their owners with full financial grant for their rehabilitation so as to enhance quality education in Nigeria.
While extending sympathy to those who lost their loved ones and properties, he stressed that the killing of Christians in southern Kaduna and the destruction of houses, churches and farmlands by persons disguising as Fulani herdsmen is unacceptable.