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CAN to Osinbajo: Omission of CRK from school curriculum can set the nation on fire

CAN to Osinbajo: Omission of CRK from school curriculum can set the nation on fire
June 16
10:51 2017

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to do something about the exclusion of Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) from secondary schools curriculum.


Samson Ayokunle, president of CAN, made the demand during in a meeting with Osinbajo on Wednesday.

Ayokunle described the new curriculum as “divisive and ungodly”.

He explained that although the Islamic Religious Knowledge (IRK) was initially affected, it was later reintroduced in the curriculum.


The CAN president stressed that If the curriculum is implemented, “it would lead us to a godless nation with violence and all forms of ungodliness as the order of the day”.

“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 undermines 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,” he said.

“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.


“Furthermore, this curriculum went ahead to introduce Islamic Arabic Studies in another section together with French and made one of the two compulsory for the student. You are aware that we have very low percentage of French teachers in all our secondary schools in Nigeria. I am sure that over 80 percent of our secondary schools do not have French teachers at all but have Arabic teachers.

“The implication is that Christian students would have no choice than to study Arabic. If a Christian student voluntarily goes to study Islamic religious studies, there is nothing bad in that because some of us in both religions had done that before for better understanding, however, where the student is tactically forced into studying it because the alternative subject does not have teacher to teach it, it is a great problem tending to Islamisation.

“Still in this curriculum, Islamic religious knowledge was equally made available as a subject in another section without any corresponding availability of Christian religious knowledge. Is this not a divisive curriculum that can set the nation on fire?

“Is this fair to millions of Christians in this nation? A Christian student in a secondary school in Kwara state had the body lacerated with cane by the Arabic teacher because the pupil refused to do Arabic studies when French teacher was not available and Christian religious knowledge, Hebrew or Greek were not part of the options at all.”


CAN also demanded the arrest and prosecution of “murderous herdsmen” and the prosecution of those who called for the expulsion of Igbo from the north.


  1. Donald G. Mbaka
    Donald G. Mbaka June 16, 17:40

    Maybe CAN should verify the information. I saw CRK in the curriculum on the Federal Ministry of Education website …

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  2. jonkel
    jonkel June 20, 06:12

    I think the present political rulers of our great has left the substances to chase shadow. There much to be reversed in Nigeria education curriculum to meet the needs of our contemporary world

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  3. adebisi
    adebisi June 20, 09:07

    C’mon, there’s never a flame without a fire. If they’ve gone to Aso Rock there must be something.
    And as can read it says, new yet to be implemented.

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  4. mikes
    mikes June 20, 23:03

    whether it is speculative or not. Let it never be in plan to force any religion on any Nigerian. I can’t trust Nigerian leader on this. They’ve seen an instrument in religion to have their way to perpetrate their evil. Religion blinds sense of good judgement. In the name of religion, you cause people to die painfully, destroy families, properties, and destinies. I am sorry for the evil leaders and senseless followers.

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  5. Sst
    Sst June 22, 10:29

    Our political leaders are wise always using religion as a tool to cause tension between the masses while they meet at closed doors laughing at your bickering and hatred towards your Nigerian brothers and sisters poor masses that respect God and their religion and clouded by sentiments always fall for their traps, giving them enough time know to loot at will.
    If these subjects are having the same syllabus as while they were separate why merge them?. Our wicked politicians always gives us something to fight about and we always grab them will double hands

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  6. Oj
    Oj July 02, 20:18

    These pipu will always want to force the religion they call peace on people. Allow pipu to embrace yor religion wilingly not by force.

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