The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Bishop Mike Okonkwo of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission; Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church; Rev. Felix Omobude and Pastor W.F. Kumuyi of Deeper Life Church and other leading pastors have issued a strict warning to the federal government and ordered Christian students across the country to boycott Arabic Studies amid reports that the subject was being imposed on them.
The clergymen’s warning concerns the controversial introduction of Islamic Studies to schools’ curriculum and the merging of the Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) with other subjects.Speaking after an emergency meeting of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Lagos recent, Oyedepo said “you cannot force our students to study Islamic Studies or Arabic Studies,” he said.
The PFN president Rev Felix Omobude also added that “the PFN is concerned at the contention and controversy that have attended the revised Basic Education Curriculum, especially the unnecessary collapse of Christian Religious Studies as part of an omnibus subject known as Religion and National Values. We note the explanation by the NERDC on some of the issues raised. However, the PFN maintains that whatever the case, there is really no need nor is there any justification for the needless confusion and uncertainty the NERDC has created which has opened up the implementation of the curriculum to the whims and caprices of people with vested interests who want to impose their religious preferences on pupils. The PFN calls for an immediate reversal of the change of curriculum so that Christian Religious Studies can stand on its own as a separate subject just as it has always been. “Collapsing CRS as only a part of Religion and National Values forecloses the opportunity of the subject being studied at the tertiary level by students who might so desire and this is unacceptable to us.”Photo Credit: Getty