THE SENATE PRESIDENT/ CHAIRMAN
SENATE OF THE FEDRAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMPLEX
JUNE 26, 2017
REQUEST FOR AUDIENCE WITH NATIONAL LEADERSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN) ON THE NEW NATIONAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM.
I write on behalf of the National leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and all her subsidiaries to request for audience with you as the Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Federal Republic of Nigeria at your earliest convenient
This is to enable the CAN leadership to formally bring to your notice and by extension the National Assembly the observations, worries and fears as well as the position of the Nigeria Christians on the contents of the current 9-year Basic Education Curriculum as it concerns Christian Religious Studies as published by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC).
This curriculum in all its ramifications as it concerns Christian Religious Studies is obnoxious, offensive and provocative. For instance, the curriculum joined together five distinctive subjects of Christian Religious Studies, Islamic Religious Studies, Social Studies, Civic Education and Security Education into one omnibus subject called Religion and National Values. By this act details and depth which are basic necessities in study and learning are sacrificed on the altar of exigency of concision. But more worrisome to us is the observed contents of the curriculum and its approved textbooks that impudently denigrate the personality of the founder of the Christian faith. For example the foundation truth of the Christian faith such as death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is denied and denial is meant to be inculcated on the innocent minors. As if this obvious damage is not enough, the subject is made compulsory whereby a student must do either of the two religions as component parts of the whole subject if he or she must pass the subject in national examination. We note that this compulsion is happening in a situation where states’ ministries of Education are willy-nilly not hiring teachers of a particular religion they are not favorably disposed to. The result is that the students are being forced to do the available contrary to their faith. There are already reported cases of torture of students who refuse to do the available that is contrary to their faith.
Your Excellency we have communicated these obvious lapses to the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), but they seem not to be disposed to affecting changes in the national interest. It is our opinion that matters such as this should not be treated with levity by responsible government agency knowing that issue of religion can be volatile. We, therefore, deem it necessary to request for an audience with you with the view to securing the assurance of your good office and the National Assembly that something urgent must be done to withdraw this offensive curriculum and replace it with a more robust and nationally acceptable one that will separate the two religious studies and make them on their own as individual subjects from the omnibus and unwieldy Religion and National Values.
We believe that your Excellency will treat a matter as serious as this with utmost dispatch. We trust you will grant us audience at the earliest possible time, where we will provide details on this vexatious issue.
DR MUSA ASAKE
CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA