Islamisation

  • A QUEST FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF CONFLICT OF IDEOLOGY, DEMOCRACY AND ISLAMISM IN TODAY’S NIGERIA:

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    Being a paper presented on behalf of the National Christian Elders’ Forum (NCEF) at the Africa Peace, Security and Synergy Summit in Washington, D.C. on 23-24 June, 2017

     

     

    Protocol

    Introduction

    Permit me to begin this presentation by thanking Mr Emmanuel Ogebe for encouraging me to come to Washington, DC to make this presentation on the Nigerian question which we recognise as the conflict between Democracy and Islamism to Nigerians and other Africans in Diaspora that constitute the views of the National Christian Elders’ Forum (NCEF).

  • Alleged Islamization

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    Nwankwo Drags Buhari, Saraki, Dogara, Malami To Court ON JUNE 27, 2016 12:57

     

    —President Muhammad Buhari, Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have been dragged to the Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State, over allegation of attempting to Islamize the country.

    Also joined as defendants in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation, Alhaji Abubakar Malami and the National Assembly.

  • Court discharges suspected killers of Christian woman in Kano over blasphemy

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    Five suspects, who were remanded in prison custody over the killing of one Mrs. Bridget Agbaheme, a trader in Kano State, for alleged blasphemy, have been discharged.

    It would be recalled that the 74-year old Bridget Agbaheme was allegedly killed by the suspects on June 2, 2016, in Kano.

  • Editorial: OIC Schemes Against Nigeria (Part 1)

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    The OIC has for years been scheming to snare the oil-rich price of Nigeria. The oil reserves of Nigeria, combined with the petrol-wealth of other OIC countries, are the KEY to the strategy for the Islamization of Africa and the world. Billions of dollars lie in Nigeria’s oil deposits.

  • Editorial: The disclosure of an Islamic conspiracy to Islamize Nigeria (Part 2)

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    (Continued from previous Editorial)

    The documented resolutions in the Secret Document revealed at the Islamic Council, London, are: to further support the establishment and application of Sharia to all Muslim states to ensure the appointment of only Muslims into strategic national and international posts of Member Nations,

  • FG resorts to Islamic Bond to fund budget! Islamisation loading?

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    LAGOS—As the pressure on federal revenue mounts following steady decline in oil revenue, the Federal Government would be resorting to a Sukuk Bond for funding the widening budget deficit.

    Sukuk is a financial certificate, similar to the traditional government bond, but complies with Sharia, Islamic religious law.

  • Fresh Attacks In Southern Kaduna: Many Feared Killed As Students Flee; College Of Education Shut Down

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    Many have been allegedly killed, while students of students of College of Education, Gidan Waya in Jema’a local government area of Kaduna State fled in numbers, following renewed attacks launched against the people of Southern Kaduna by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Thursday.

    An eyewitness account said that many of the students, who ran away for their lives into the bush, were yet to be seen by their parents, while some spent nights hiding in the bush.

  • Massacre of Shiites: Open Letter to Commission of Inquiry

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    The Iranian military attaché discussed the lack of professionalism of the Nigerian military and its incompetence. He wondered how the Nigerian army chief could travel to any location without reports from his scouts on the security of the area at least a week before his journey. He wondered how the Nigerian Military could killover one thousand unarmed civilians while they had failed to kill even two hundred Boko Haram insurgents. He wondered how a national military could commit a sacrilege as to bomb a place of worship.

  • New Education Curriculum: CAN Objects

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    INTRODUCTION
    This is the report  by CHRISTIAN  ASSOCIATION  OF NIGERIA (CAN ) delegates and NIGERIA CHRISTIAN GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP (NCGF) REPRESENTATIVES to the NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH  AND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (NERDC)

    The NERDC team was led by the Executive Secretary, Professor Ismail Junaidu in the company of five Directors of the Council including the Director of Book Publishing and Curriculum Development.
    The paper presented was by Prof. Charles Adisa and Prof. Funmi Adesanya-Davies. The Delegation was led by Dr. Sam Itina, National President of the NCGF and other members of the delegation were:

    (NCGF)

    1. Prof . A  Adisa (NCGF)
    2. Dr. Mrs Ejiro Iwuoha (NCGF)
    3. Pst. Onyenachi Nwaegeruo(NCGF)
    4. Dr. Josiah Kantiyok (NCGF)

    (CAN)

    1. Bishop Jude Arogundade (Catholic Church)  (CAN) - (ABSENT)

    2. Prof. Bishop Funmi Adesanya-Davies (Protestant Church) (CAN)

    3. Dr. Mrs. Ofoegbu(Catholic Church) (CAN)
    4. Rev. Fr. Patrick Balogun (Catholic Church) (CAN)

     

    TEAM KEY POINTS PRESENTED AT NERDC WERE:
    Following a brief introduction of the NCGF and CAN, obvious lapses in the new curriculum which included the list below were presented:

    1. Inciting/Derogatory statements which attack the foundation of Christianity. For example, that Jesus was not the Son of God, Jesus was not crucified and did not resurrect and the supremacy of Quran over the Holy Bible, supremacy of Muhammad over Jesus Christ, etc.
    2. Textbooks in print that combine Islamic Religious Knowledge and Christian Religious knowledge in a single textbook thus exposing children to other religion which negates the principles of our constitution.
    3. Absence of approved list of textbooks as an appendix in the curriculum/ NERDC website 
    4. Watered down content of the various subjects, as a result, creating an omnibus textbook.
    5. Making religious studies compulsory without the adequate provision of Teachers in those subjects. The implications are that a Christian student in the core north will be forced to take IRK and ditto a Muslim student in the South. In addition, a student that refuses to take the subject as a result of conflict with his/her religion is short changed of marks for that compulsory subject and may have his educational career truncated.
    6. Absence of subjects like History, Geography and Economics in the new curriculum.

     

     

    FACTS AND FINDINGS AT NERDC

    1. That the five (5) subjects: Religious Studies (CRS/IRS), Civic Education, Social Studies and Security are combined under one umbrella in the Curriculum is sacrosanct.   

    2. NERDC asserts that CAN was part and parcel of the stakeholders invited to air her views and input on the development of the New Curriculum. However the NGGF has never been invited and represented and are welcome from now on.

    3. It was acknowledged that the Curriculum on Religion and National Values needs to be reviewed as the Christians and Muslims are of the same viewpoints that the New Curriculum is unacceptable.

    4. Curriculum for Religion and National Value is assuredly for the three Basics (Lower, Middle and Upper) of the BEC 9-year Program.

    i.e 1-3, 4-6, and 7-9. (Thus, there are 3 curriculum booklets)

    5. That the design was that Text books for CRS and IRS are to be separated by Publishers as different Text books but they are written together in the same Curriculum Booklet with Civic Education, Social Studies  and Security.    

    6. That the status of the Subject Religious Studies is Compulsory is sacrosanct and a pupil must offer either but not both.
    7. That NO Publisher's Textbook has been approved by NERDC yet. So ALL BOOKS in the market for now are FAKE and fictitious and should be checkmated immediately.
    8. That CAN could bring professionals to Review  the Content of the said present Curriculum  under assessment -  (I volunteered to do the review

    with Prof. Charles Adisa and it was approved.)

    9. That CAN could participate fully in the production and review of yet to

    be accepted /approved Textbooks - I also volunteered.

    10. That they will endeavour to list out the finally approved books right

    in the Curriculum and we can make recommendations.

    11. The Executive Secretary approved the team as partners in progress from hence.
    12.  All participants we well pleased at the end of the discussions.

     

    RESPONSE OF THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
    • NERDC will be willing to collaborate with groups like the NCGF (based on their educational endowments)                                                                              • Two different teachers manual for IRS and CRS were made to reflect the separation of the two subjects.
    • Religious study is compulsory so as to provide a moral framework for adherence to the teachings of civic education, social studies and security education.
    • He disowned the publishers and the books currently in the market but WAS UNABLE TO GIVE US THE NAME OF ANY APPROVED TEXTBOOK MEANT FOR THE SUBJECT- AFTER 8 YEARS OF PUBLICATION OF THIS NEW CURRICULUM.
    • He accepted the recommendation of listing the approved books in the appendix of the curriculum as well as on their website
    • NERDC will not be able to exercise oversight function on what the schools are using, rather schools should verify from NERDC, the books that have been approved
    • NERDC is in the process of achieving a regulatory statue like NAFDAC to enable them prosecute publishers that are in deviance of the standard and principles of the curriculum
    • Accepted the need for further public hearing, sensitization and review of the new curriculum.
    • He insisted that it is the responsibility of government at various levels to provide Teachers for the subjects, and where this is not observed, parents should sue the government and demand for the requisite teachers.                                                                                                                 • He explained that they have re-introduced History.

     

     

    OBSERVATIONS

    • Publishers should be supervised so that the textbooks in print are a reflection of the principles and standard of the curriculum.
    • List of recommended textbooks should be incorporated as an appendix in the curriculum. In addition, these lists should be freely available on the NERDC website.                                                                                                                 
    • Curriculum developers should ensure that the content conforms with the curriculum and our constitutional provision.

    • Curriculum developers should be conscious of the religious and cultural sensibility of Nigerians.                                                                                               •Re-introduction of History, geography, economics and accounting back into the curriculum.

     

    RECOMMENDATIONS
    Now that all the cards are on the table, as a minister and a professional  who had lectured and still lectures in a University of Education in the past thirty years, I wish to recommendation  as follows:


    1. ChristianRK Curriculum and IslamicRS should stand alone, as individual subjects on subject listing as it was before.

    2. Civic Education, Social Studies  and Security should be combined under one umbrella in the Curriculum as a subject i.e.                                                (Nigerian  National Value).

    3. ChristianRK Curriculum and IslamiRS should be made compulsory, only for the religion adherent.

    4. NERDC should produce separate curriculum booklets of IRS and CRS as it was before, statuesque ante, as it is done with the Teachers manual.

    5.Christian RK Curriculum must be reviewed immediately with inputs from our old CRK Curriculum in the 3 BEC of the 9-years.

    6. Islamic RK should be reviewed  by editing off all grievously offensive phrases/frivolous expressions about Christianity in the 3 Basics Education Curriculum because the material is in the public domain and we Christians said nothing about Islam which existed 600 AD after the  death of  Christ in our curriculum.

    7. Correction to the Curriculum and the Implementation of the Text Books must conform with the Constitution, National Policy on Education, as well  as the Cultural, Social and Religious  Values  of the Republic

    8. All publishers of the FAKE Books should be written for discussions,  that  the dissemination of the Books must stop immediately. The Church should seek court injunction immediately to enforce this.

    9. We need to work with such and some other publishers to peacefully resolve the issue if they so desire and to ensure that their reviewed books on CRS would be acceptable to us.

    10. NERDC should be advised to always produce separate textbooks for ChristianRK Curriculum and IslamicRS and supervise their publishers to ensure the books are produced separately 

     

    12. CAN and NCGF should urgently set up a committee to review the content of the present CRS to reflect the true teachings of Christianity as the current curriculum is inferior to the previous curriculum.

    13. It is necessary to adequately mobilize and sensitize the churches to pray about the challenges posed by this curriculum to our faith.

     

    14. If the recommendations are not acceptable and implemented by NERDC, CAN and NCGF should consider other actions and litigation.

     

    OPTIONAL:
    1. We recommend separation  of the two (2) Curriculum in same booklet for the three (3) Primary Basics:  If they refuse the separation in the  Curriculum as in the  text; just like Christian children, Muslim children would also  have access  to the Christian curriculum  and this could be evangelical  as light is not afraid of darkness.

    2. CRS/IRS OPTIONAL/ COMPULSORY: Making CRS/IRS a Compulsory Subject is advantageous, but it must be separately compulsory as the religion of the pupil, parent or guardian that is Christians must offer CRK and Muslims IRS. We should remember it was also compulsory in the Old Curriculum.

    On behalf of the team, I hereby express our gratitude to CAN for affording us this rare opportunity to serve in our Lord's Vineyard.

    Our God reigns!  Jesus is Lord!! Praise the  Lord!!! Amen.   


    Amb. (Bishop Prof.)  Mercy Funmi Adesanya-Davies

  • OUR FULANI NEIGBOURS ATTACKED US

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    My name is ASP Usman Gambo Kobin, I am a retired police officer, I am from Kobin, Numana Chiefdom, Sanga LGA of Kaduna state.

    We learnt that some people were killed in Nandu, and some in Kabamu all in Numana Chiefdom. I then went to my old father around 7am and said, “baba, I don’t know what may happen to us today based on what we have been told but stay at home and don’t move around”. A Fulani man had actually hinted us of the impending attack but it was hard to ever imagine that our Fulani neighbours would come around to attack us.

  • Over N3m church property burnt, girls raped, abducted in Godogodo Fulani Attacks – ECWA Leaders

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    Leadership of Evangelical Church Winning All, otherwise known as ECWA, Wednesday said property worth over N3.1 millions were destroyed in the wake of the recent unrestrained attacks carried out by the Fulani in Godogodo chiefdom in Southern part of Kaduna state. 

  • Religious Studies Curriculum: CAN rubbishes Education Minister, explodes with fresh facts

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    ...demands details of new education curriculum 

    ...says it should be suspended 

    ...warns against merging of CRS, IRS & Civic Education 

    ...says Adamu is not telling the whole truth.

    The Christian Association Nigeria (CAN) has called on the Federal Ministry of Education and the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to publish the full details of the controversial new Curriculum of Education if they have no hidden agenda. 

  • Southern Kaduna Attacks, Government Quiet and Noncommittal – SOKAPU

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    Southern Kaduna attacks at Godogodo

     

    The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has cried out that the entire region has been deserted, abandoned and totally neglected by the Federal and Kaduna State governments to be maimed, raped, brutalized and destroyed by its enemies.

  • Suspected Herdsmen Attack Kaduna Dep Gov’s LG, Kill One

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    About one week after describing the massive killings in Godogodo as unjustifiable, the deputy Governor of Kaduna state’s local government has been attacked by suspected Fulani herdsmen, killing a young man.

    The attack was reportedly carried out on a Sunday in Kaura Local Government area of Kaduna state where the deputy governor, Arch Barnabas Bala Bantex, hails from. 

  • The Sultan: Is Nigeria a Secular or Islamic State?

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    NIGERIA CONSTITUTIONALLY IS A SECULAR NOT MULTI-RELIGIOUS COUNTRY: FACTUALLY IT IS AN ISLAMIC STATE

    Introduction

    The Saturday Guardian, August 20, 2016, had the front page captioned “Nobody Can Islamize Nigeria, says Sultan”. The main story on page two of the paper with another caption, “Nobody Can Turn Nigeria to Islamic State” reads: “The Sultan of Sokoto has told Nigerians to forget the fears or suspicion of a grand plan to turn Nigeria into an Islamic State.” Abubakar pointed out yesterday, that it is impossible for a multi-religious country like Nigeria to be converted into a monolithic religious state.” He continued, “It is not possible to Islamize Nigeria. If God had wanted, he would have created all Christians or all Muslims. We are not secular but a multi-religious state because the people are so religious. We must respect one another and understand the tenets of the two religions.”

  • UPDATE: THE CHALLENGES OF HELPING PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

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    During a service while visiting my home church in Abuja, the minister challenged us to set monthly goals we want to achieve in 2017. Well that was easy. If you recall my end of year news update, I had pledged to help get Favor, the one-eyed girl, medical attention after the brutal attack on her family in north central Nigeria.  However an unplanned reunion in northeast was to make my trip to Nigeria quite remarkable.

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