Prominent pastors under the auspices of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), including Pastor Enoch Oyedepo, have asked Christian students to boycott Arabic studies classes.
Other pastors are Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church; Pastor W.F. Kumuyi of Deeper Life Church; Rev. Felix Omobude Bishop Mike Okonkwo of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM).
Rising from a meeting in Lagos, they condemned the collapse of Christian Religious Studies into an omnibus subject known as Religion and National Values which include Islamic Studies.
They called for immediate reversal of the revised Basic Education Curriculum and insisted that Christian Religious Studies should stand alone as a subject.
President of the group, Rev. Felix Omobude, said the Federal Government has no right to force any Nigerian student at any level to study Arabic Studies.
He said, “The proviso in the revised curriculum that every student must take either French or Arabic Studies compulsorily in a country where French teachers are scarce is an attempt to impose Arabic Studies on Christian students.”
“We are aware of orchestrated plans to subtly use this policy as a means of forceful religious indoctrination and we maintain our stand against it.”
Bishop Oyedepo also said, “Government has no right to force subjects on any Nigerian child neither does it have the authority to drop Christian Religious Studies at the Senior Secondary School level while asking him/her to continue to read Islamic Studies which he/she cannot do at university level.”
Oyedepo said the deletion of Christian Religion Studies meant that it would not be embraced at the tertiary institutions.
It would be recalled that the government agency responsible for curriculum management, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), recently explained that CRS was not removed from the new syllabus.