Following the removal of Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) as a subject of study from Nigeria’s secondary school curriculum, Reno Omokri and Apostle Johnson Suleiman, have expressed outrage describing it as a move by President Muhammadu Buhari to Islamise Nigeria.
The Minister of Education recently announced that CRK has been removed as a subject but said it is allowed only as a topic under civics, while Islamic and Arabic studies remain subjects.
In reaction, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had protested the new policy during its meeting with Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
But Reno Omokri, a former presidential aide has attacked Pastor Tunde Bakare and Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka for being silent over the issue, adding that it is hypocritical that the duo, who should be defending Christians, were looking the other way.
While describing the duo as hypocrites who should be defending Christians but chose to do otherwise, Reno also recalled how they both spoke against President Goodluck Jonathan but can no longer find their voices in this present administration. In a Facebook post he wrote:
“How Pastor Tunde Bakare and Reverend-Father Ejike Mbaka can keep quiet in the face of the removal of Christian Religious Knowledge from our public funded school curriculum may surprise even Satan himself!
“These were people that would speak at the drop of a hat under Goodluck Jonathan but now appear to have lost their voices under their Messiah, Muhammadu Buhari.
“Tunde Bakare especially can now see that he may not have been wrong when he said in The Punch Newspapers of Monday, October 2, 2006, that; ‘Let me tell you the truth by the Spirit of God, neither OBJ, Atiku, IBB and this tall one, Buhari are part of the new. They are part of the old that is decaying. That old one is passing away. The new is emerging and these ones are not part of that new’.”
In the same vein, Apostle Johnson Suleiman of Omega Fire Ministries has also expressed outrage over the development, warning President Muhammadu Buhari not to Islamise Nigeria.
In a statement issued by the church’s spokesman, Phrank Shaibu, Apostle Suleiman alleged that this new policy is a deliberate plot by the Buhari-led administration, among other schemes, to eliminate Christianity or at best reduce it to insignificance in Nigeria. He said:
“The new curriculum which is the brain-child of the Nigerian Educational Research Council and which is mischievously crafted to force Islamic Studies down the throat of non adherents is unjust, discriminatory, a subtle attempt at islamisation, and therefore unacceptable.
“This is a well orchestrated and articulated plot. Let nobody try to fool Nigerians that it was a mistake or a coincidence. Why is it that CRK would be removed as a subject to be studied from the secondary school curriculum while Islamic/Arabic studies is retained? This is a plan from hell and it shall not stand”.
Apostle Suleiman also noted that the policy has been introduced at a time when Fulani herdsmen are on rampage in many parts of the country and just before the “so called Arewa youths” who gave Nigerians of Igbo extraction living in the North an order to quit the region before October 1.
“Over 7000 people have been killed by these Fulani herdsmen with our security forces unable to stop the bloodshed. The so-called Arewa youths backed by some discredited elders have also issued a treasonable ultimatum to Igbo people without any reprisals from the Buhari government. So, is it a coincidence that Christian Religious Knowledge has been expunged from the school curriculum?” he asked.
The fiery preacher, therefore, called on the Federal Government to reverse the “offensive policy” and immediately restore Christian Religious Knowledge to the curriculum. He also commended the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for being at the forefront of seeking to redress the anomaly.
“This evil policy must be reversed immediately. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) must be restored to the school curriculum. And I’m happy that the CAN has taken up the battle to ensure that those who seek to banish our faith do not succeed. We will continue to speak out until Satan and his agents are put to shame,” he declared.
On other national issues, Suleiman called on the government to stem the tide of consistent attacks by Fulani herdsmen and deal with those giving an ultimatum to people from an ethnic group to vacate the north. Hear him:
“For as long as Fulani herdsmen continue to kill, rape and burn people’s homes without restraint, in the event that the safety of an ethnic group cannot be guaranteed in any part of the country, then Nigerians should know that it is not a coincidence. And my God shall not fold arms while the devil and his children seek to destroy the destiny of Nigeria.
“We have the strength of character, the courage and the conviction to mount a sustained campaign in defense of justice, and in defense of our religion. We will not give up our religious practice because of someone else. Nigeria belongs to us all and not for a few bigots who currently occupy positions of authority.”
According to the Clergyman, bigotry, hate and intolerance by anybody- be he or she a Muslim, Christian, Buddhist or Jew is indefensible and should be condemned. He said:
“The earlier Buhari’s men come to terms with the fact that Nigeria is a secular state and cannot be Islamised or made a Christian State under any guise, the better for everyone.”
He warned that should anyone think that he can go ahead with the curriculum, then he or she should be ready for the mother of all battles, the consequences of which can only be imagined.
Suleiman said it is the collective duty of all Nigerians to oppose and despise all bigots in power, just as he called for a law to punish bigotry severely enough, so as not to make it fashionable or normal in the eyes of our children. The church also demanded a return to the old curriculum which will give pupils of Christian faith all the moral teachings which Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) offers.