From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has frowned at growing complaints by Christian students in some tertiary institutions in some parts of Nigeria that the schools management have failed to provide them with space for worship as being done to their Muslim counterparts.
It noted that, though, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, had requested all Governing Councils of Federal Government institutions of higher learning to, without delay, ensure that Christians have space to build chapels where they would worship freely, but the ministerial directive has not been fully adhered to in some parts of the country.
CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, in a statement confirmed that letters have been sent to zonal and state chairmen of CAN directing them to collate and submit the names of public institutions which still practice the discriminatory policies against Christians in their domains.
The letter reads in part: “I have been directed to write to all zonal and state chairmen of the Association to kindly submit all names of public institutions in their states, on or before 19th August 2022, where Christians are being prevented from having a chapel, a place where they can gather to pray or worship during the weekdays and Sundays.
“National leadership of CAN is about to take a stand on this discriminatory policy. May God continue to bless your areas of leadership. Accept our esteemed regards as we await your swift response.”
The national leadership of CAN also assured Nigerians of its commitment to work peacefully with all stakeholders to ensure that every religious group enjoys equality in the safety and accessibility of spaces allocated to them by relevant authorities.