Sunday, 8 November 2015

Christians challenge police ban on school devotion

The Christian Association of Nigeria have spoken against a new police order which prohibits assembly devotion in primary and secondary schools nationwide.

According to reports, the order was given because the police received information that pupils might be targeted by insurgents during the exercise.

This information was confirmed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole. She said, “I can confirm that morning devotion has been suspended in primary and secondary schools, following an intelligence report that such gatherings may be targeted by insurgents.

“We are working with other security agencies to frustrate any attack on schools and other public facilities; Nigerians should go about their business without any fear and they should also contact the nearest security agency if they have any useful information.”

An unbelievable story I think, and the General Secretary of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake agrees.

He dismissed the report as having an ulterior motive. “Churches have been bombed; mosques have been bombed, we have never had such experience with schools. So, please, whoever that is coming with that law should tell us the truth. There is something behind it and we are not accepting it.”

“We have been living like this; children are enjoying worshipping their God, praying to God over the activities of the day, but someone just wakes up and says that (the stoppage) it is for security reason.

“We are all Nigerians living in this insecure situation. Again, I emphasise, we have never heard of bomb thrown to pupils on the assembly. Why are they (Police) beginning there? Let them begin at the right place. They know where the right place is.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has said it is consulting before giving its official reaction.

I don't think a "manufactured security threat's" sufficient reason to stop prayers in all schools nationwide.

Boko Haram has been operating mainly in the North and if school prayers were stopped in the North, it'd be understandable but in the South as well. Come on!

When I was in secondary school, I learnt how to pray the Muslim way, because every Friday we had Islamic prayers- I learnt religious tolerance that way (Like many of my Christian friends).

It's either this new law is coming into force because we have a Muslim president or we are imitating America.

Either way, something's wrong somewhere.

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