Radical cleric and President of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has described the removal of Christian Religious Knowledge from the secondary school education curriculum, as “a plan from hell which shall not stand.”
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari, by the new policy had confirmed that he had planned to turn Nigerian to an Islamic state immediately after his inauguration on May 29, 2015.
While commending the Christian Association of Nigeria for being at the forefront of seeking to redress the anomaly, the cleric called on the Federal Government to reverse the offensive policy and immediately restore CRS to the curriculum.
“The earlier Buhari’s men come to terms with the fact that Nigeria is a secular state and cannot be Islamized or made a Christian State under any guise, the better for everyone. 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”, he threatened.
Under the Federal Government’s education policy, CRS would be studied as a theme in civic education while Islamic/Arabic Studies would remain as a subject.
Suleman in a statement by his Communications Manager, Phrank Shaibu, obtained by THE PUNCH in Jos on Sunday, said the scrapping of CRS, among other policies, would 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 Islamization, 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 CRS 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.”
Suleman also stated that the policy has been introduced at a time when Fulani herdsmen have been on the rampage in some parts of the country and just before the three months ultimatum given by Arewa Youths within which the Igbo people should quit the 19 Northern States before October 1.
“Over 7000 people have been killed by these Fulani herdsmen while our security forces have been 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 Studies has been expunged from the school curriculum?
“This evil policy must be reversed immediately. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Christian Religious Studies must be restored to the school curriculum. And I’m happy that 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.”