- The Sultan of Sokoto has said that Goodluck Jonathan was pushed by religious leaders into changing the status of the Christian and Islamic Subjects in Nigerian school curriculum
- Muhammad Abubakar said Islam can only be propagated to non-Muslims in a non-combative way
- He also debunked claims that Nigeria is on the verge of being Islamised
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar has revealed how some religious leader pushed the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration into changing the status of the Christian and Islamic Subjects in Nigerian school curriculum, Premium Times reports.
The Sultan said Islam can only be propagated to non-Muslims in a non-combative way.
Speaking at the national symposium and launching of the 2025 Vision by Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria, the Sultan said, there are no plans to Islamize Nigeria.
He said: "Tell people what Islam is; tell them why they should be Muslims and what difference it could make to their lives."
“When Umar Yar’adua was President, Christians and Muslims leaders wrote, asking him to make Islamic and Christian Religious Knowledge core and compulsory subjects in schools.
“When Goodluck Jonathan took over, we presented a paper making the same demand which was approved, but the then Minister of Education refused to implement it for reasons best known to him.
The sultan said he was surprised by claims that there was a grand plan to force Islam on non-Muslims.
“So, I wonder why a controversy sudden surfaced over alleged attempts by Muslims to force Islam on Christians by compelling students to learn Islamic religion in schools,” the Sultan said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported the controversy that ensued from reports of the scrapping of Christian Religious Studies from school curriculum.
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Following the controversy, the Senate President Bukola Saraki said the Senate will ensure that a school curriculum acceptable to all religion will be made available.
He said the Senate Committee on Basic Education would investigate the complaints made by Christian Association of Nigeria against the new curriculum.
You can watch this NAIJ.com video of Nigerians reacting to the scrapping of the Senate: