Sultan of Sokoto speaks on CRK, IRK controversy; says ‘we’ pushed for change

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar
Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar, has given details how religious leaders pushed the Goodluck Jonathan administration to change the status of Christian and Islamic subjects in school curriculum.

The two subjects, previously optional, are now core for students of respective faiths.

Mr. Abubakar spoke amid controversy that has trailed the decision, with Christian leaders demanding a reversal of the policy.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, accused the government of attempting to “Islamise” the country by bringing both subjects under a new subject called Religion and National Values.

The Christian Elders Forum, a group that also includes former military generals, backed the call on Thursday.

The government denies the allegation, saying it merely made Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Religious Knowledge compulsory for Christian and Muslim students respectively.

Speaking Friday at a National Symposium and Lauching of 2025 Vision by Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria, Mr. Abubakar, who is the head of the Nigerian Muslim community, urged the council to propagate Islam to non-Muslims in a non-combative manner.

“Tell people what Islam is; tell them why they should be Muslims and what difference it could make to their lives,” he said.

He rejected suggestions that there were plans to Islamise the country.

“When Umar Yar’adua was President, Christians and Muslims leaders wrote, asking him to make Islamic and Christian Religious Knowledge core and compulsory subjects in schools.

“When Goodluck Jonathan took over, we presented a paper making the same demand which was approved, but the then Minister of Education refused to implement it for reasons best known to him.

The sultan said he was surprised by claims that there was a grand plan to force Islam on non-Muslims.

“So, I wonder why a controversy suddenly surfaced over alleged attempts by Muslims to force Islam on Christians by compelling students to learn Islamic religion in schools,” he said.


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  • Gbabe

    MUHAMADU BUHARI DID NOT COME TO SAVE NIGERIA BUT OWN IT IN THE NAME OF ISLAM

    FOR NORTHERN NIGERIAN ISLAMISTS AND FOR MUSLIMS WHO BELIEVE SO MUCH IN JIHAD.

    • By-Line

      @Qaqa Abu:

      “Among his first appointments, even while he dithered on assembling
      a cabinet: Buhari recalled a retired officer to man the Department of
      State Services; a former army officer to head the Nigeria Customs Service;
      a personal acquaintance as Chief of Staff, and loaded the other security
      and law enforcement agencies heavily in favour of Northerners.

      While the DSS head is from Muhamadu Buhari’s hometown, Daura, the others
      are also almost all Northerners; and overwhelmingly Muslims. In spite of public
      opinion, Buhari replaced the immediate past Inspector-General of Police, a
      Southerner, with a Northerner, an assistant inspector-general whose ascension
      induced the retirement in one fell swoop of 21 DIGs and AIGs who were senior to
      him.

      This is beyond absurdity. We declare emphatically that this is
      corruption. It is wrong to view stealing of government funds as the only form
      of corruption. A former member of the House of Representatives, Junaid
      Muhammed, alleges that not only is Buhari sectional in his appointments, several
      appointees are actually his relatives. Nigerians did not vote against the
      Jonathan administration’s impunity for corruption, only to be assaulted with
      another pernicious impunity for cronyism.”

      …………Punch newspaper Editorial

      [August 1st, 2016)

      • Boro Boro

        DEAR EDITOR,

        The Fulani in Nigeria are already on the global security watch list as an organized terrorist group,
        through the rampage and murders of their gun-slinging supposed herdsmen. One more step,
        and the Fulani in Nigeria will face the wrath of concerted action, not just from the 80 million
        enlightened Christians in Nigeria, but also from the international community led by
        President Donald Trump who’s publicly vowed to bomb all mad Muslims to death,
        anywhere in the world. If the Fulani are bored of reciting the Koran at the
        Sultan’s wide palace in their half-empty lives devoid of science and logic,
        they should look for much else to do, if they are bored, rather than
        engage in orgy of murder, in genocide, as if they are in sport.

      • Ex-Muslim

        @aryloyds:disqus

        Tell people what Islam is; tell them why they should be
        Muslims and what difference it could make to their lives”.

        ………Sultan of Sokoto

        Please help me beg Sultan of Sokoto to stop preaching to the choir. Nigerians have seen what Islam means and they now hate it. Nowadays, it is a thing of disgrace to be called Muslim because it has the same type of meaning as thief or murderer or rapist or terrorist. Nobody deep in the Christian faith will
        ever think of going to Salaam with brainless murderers called Muslims.

        Of all religions in the world Islam is the only useless, irrelevant, violent and toxic one.

        People around the world equate Islam with insanity because Islam is like a virus deleting human brain.
        We have seen Christians, Buddhists, and, Zoroastrians, none shows symptoms of madness like Islam.
        A cult of hate breeders authorizing beheading of innocents is not a religion, but a real mental disease.
        Muslims need specialists, not in blood transfusion, but in brain repair, to regenerate as human beings.

        • JOHN

          The madness and killings are spiritual. The food of the devil is blood, the highest being human blood hence the devil is a war monger, not because he will win but because of those that will be killed in large numbers.

    • Dee Tee Square

      @disqus_EkZWB7P0Qm:disqus

      Let truth be told. Muhamadu Buhari is a Jihadist. He wants Sharia Law in Cross Rivers state where there’s no
      single Muslim there. He wants Shari Law in Imo and Ebonyi states and in all states in Nigeria. He said so by
      himself. This is not dem-say. The naive Christians that used their hands to vote for Islamic Jihad in Nigeria
      are the worst evil the world has ever seen, especially the ones in Lagos, who are now ashamed of the
      broom they were waving like lunatics in the afternoon, in support of the Islamic APC party. They may
      be killed by what they voted for.

  • Qaqa Abu

    “The real problem with the country is that Jihad has been launched in
    Nigeria; and Islamists that have been interfering in the governance of the
    country using “Taqiyya” (approved deception) as “Stealth/Civilisation Jihad”,
    and Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen as violent Jihad, are relentless in their
    pursuit of eradicating democracy in Nigeria. The objective of the Islamists
    (Political Islam) is to supplant the constitution of Nigeria with Sharia
    ideology as the source of legislation in the nation. The conflict between
    democracy as national ideology, and Sharia as a usurping ideology, is
    responsible for the crisis unfolding in Nigeria. The nation is in the throes
    of Jihad.”

    …………Army Generals T.Y Danjuma, Joshua Dongoyaro

    and Zamani Lekwot

    (July 14th, 2017)

  • KLARION KALL

    “The APC party is part of the corruption in the country. They [APC] are not fit to be there. We are sitting on a keg
    of gun powder. The day it will explode, it will consume all of us. So many graduates are not employed. Unemployed
    people are the people behind the militancy in the Niger Delta region.

    I want to warn Christians in the National Assembly. They should be careful, they should not take the issue of Sharia law
    and the grazing bill in the National Assembly lightly. Nobody can acquire my land. Northerners cannot acquire my land to graze their cattle. Let them go and graze in their own part of the country.”

    ……………….PRELATE SUNDAY MAKINDE

    [Former Prelate of Methodist Church in Nigeria]

    (August 15th, 2016)

    • Kande

      @disqus_ewv0Wa7gxQ:disqus ,

      Look, what are you people really saying. I don’t understand it. Is Muhamadu Buhari a robot;
      or, a human being with his own sense? Is approval the same thing as implementation? So,
      if Jonathan approved that the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto should be bombed, then,
      Buhari will just take his own oath of office and after resuming as the new president,
      just order Nigerian air-force to go and bomb the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto.
      If that is the sort of moron president Nigerians elected in 2015 i am very sorry.

      • Alkaly

        …How about this audit result awaiting implementation?

        • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
        • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable
        expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
        • ₦20billion was paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons un-known,
        • ₦3.086billion was paid out in cash by Sanusi Lamido as expense ostensibly to promote
        Central Bank image,
        • ₦160billion was paid out by Sanusi Lamido at Central Bank for self-determined activities,
        • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido,
        • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered in the account as paid to a non-operating
        airline for charter service,
        • ₦1.12billion was claimed as spent by Sanusi Lamido on lunch for 12 CBN police
        guards in one year.

        • Gbabe

          @disqus_ewv0Wa7gxQ:disqus

          MUHAMADU BUHARI DID NOT COME TO SAVE NIGERIA BUT OWN IT IN THE NAME OF ISLAM

          FOR NORTHERN NIGERIAN ISLAMISTS AND FOR MUSLIMS WHO BELIEVE SO MUCH IN JIHAD.

          • Etinan-Uduak

            @disqus_EkZWB7P0Qm:disqus

            It’s somewhat true that the mostly illiterate staffed and mediocre driven Buhari government
            flatters to deceive. For example, after making bogus promise of free food for primary school
            pupils there was nothing in the Buhari 2016 budget for this free meal campaign pledge which
            could cost close to ₦250 billion a year.

            Ditto, there’s nothing in the budget for Buhari’s dole policy of ₦5,000 per month to
            the poorest 25 million Nigerians – which may separately cost ₦1.5 trillion. Now,
            Nigerians feel duped by President Buhari. It will be no surprise if the top shots
            of Boko Haram militias also consider the Buhari government ‘un-Islamic; for
            lies-telling in mass deceit. Who knows?

          • Bully-hong-ho

            @disqus_EkZWB7P0Qm:disqus;

            But any pedestrian northerner who is also a Muslim is
            deemed qualified for public office in Buhari’s un-educated eyes. With such tribal
            mindset it is no surprise that Muhamadu Buhari has fumbled and wobbled on the
            job too as the worst president Nigeria has ever had.

            Within 12 months
            in office Buhari worsened and messed up Nigeria so badly that the country’s
            economy shrank in the year 2016 for the first time in 25 years. Today, in effect
            of ongoing economic recession solely stoked by Buhari’s economics ignorance,
            there are now 28 million un-employed youths in Nigeria, according to the latest
            figures from the National Bureau of Statistics. A huge tragedy befell Nigeria with
            Muhamadu Buhari’s election. Those who voted him in caused a decline and fall
            of Nigeria.

          • Tahir Bunu-hamza

            …..so it is also correct to say that all the 28 million graduated from the universities from May 2015, and that there was zero million graduates in Nigeria for whole of time up to April, 2015. Abi????

          • pointiblanky

            @disqus_EkZWB7P0Qm:disqus

            A PAGAN IS BETTER;
            FAR BETTER THAN A MUSLIM BECAUSE A PAGAN CAN THINK, WHEREAS A MUSLIM CANNOT
            THINK BECAUSE ISLAM IS A VIRUS THAT DELETES THE BRAIN FILES OF ANYONE WHO
            CROUCHES TO SALLAM IN THE NAME OF ISLAM.

        • ????????questo

          Is this CBN looting another instance of stealing in the name of Islamic Jihad or what?

        • Justicia

          @disqus_ewv0Wa7gxQ:disqus

          Nigerians must rise to demand justice on this Central Bank looting.
          Sanusi Lamido Sanusi must be brought to justice. If the Sultan of Sokoto says here that
          an approved policy by Goodluck Jonathan is binding on Buhari, then, an approved probe
          is also binding. Buhari cannot hide his head in the sand on this Central Bank looting and
          pretend as if nothing happened because his Fulani tribesman is exposed as the accused
          criminal by a federal government audit probe of Central bank.

  • Cross Bearer for Christ

    Premium Times Editor,

    I don’t know the Sultan of Sokoto. I never met him before, he’s never met me, so, he doesn’t
    mean anything to me at all. I am a cross-bearer in a divine and orderly pentecostalist church.
    Neither the title of Sultan nor the Arabic recitation it entails has any meaning to me. All i see
    in Nigeria is a terrible drift into an Islamic state under the dual command of Alhaji Muhamadu
    Buhari and Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It is the duty of all Christians to rise and defeat both
    men – along with the benighted and illiterate APC PARTY Jihadist barbarism that they foster.

    Nigeria is not and will never be an Islamic State. The Sultan of Sokoto is wasting his time if
    he somehow thinks that any Christian is yearning to descend from a higher spiritual light
    into the barbaric utter darkness of Islam. Human nature forbids a regressive ambition into
    atavism of Islam. No Christian envies the Islamist beheaders to want to belong to insane
    religion of the backward, the ignorant, the illiterate and the smelly throng of Islamists who
    can hardly think from premise to conclusion for lack of knowledge. Since the 20th century,
    no Muslim country has contributed anything to either world civilization or progress; not one!
    After 100 years of chanting and killing like barbarians, what next is left in backward Islam?

    • Frank Bassey

      Bluntly frank!

      • John Bull 2000

        @aryloyds:disqus

        I don’t buy the idea
        of MAD MUSLIMS. I don’t know who created that phrase. It is not true that
        Muslims are mad because they are Muslims, because you cannot prove that they
        are Muslims because they are mad. We must get it clear. If half or even 75% of
        Muslims show sign of deep madness you must separate that madness from Islam,
        since you cannot prove to me how Islam made millions of Muslims mad. I am not
        defending anything here. I am just saying my own mind. I don’t like MMuslims
        myself for all the reasons you people have all stated here, more particularly
        because they are too mentally dull in reasoning. I don’t want anything to do
        with Muslims in my life but that’s because I consider Muslims abnormal human
        beings who may or may not be mad at all – but just crazily abnormal people.

        • Tahir Bunu-hamza

          …you too are brazenly and crazily abnormal in your pride!

          • AryLoyds

            Lol

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      You obviously did not read the text. Jonathan approved the curriculum, not Buhari.
      Where was CAN, when their president was looking for money to buy private Jet instead of representing them.

      • Stephen

        May God bless you and your household, hatred for buhari and pains of defeated their uncle jona will not allow them to see the evil committed under their uncle.

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          Bless you.
          I don’t know what good corrupt, wasteful & criminally incompetent Jonathan did for those ignorant people who claim to be fighting for him & making life more difficult for themselves & other suffering Nigerians.
          Jonathan was a disaster Nigeria could have done without.

      • Fairgame

        You are the one who did not read it well. Making CRK compulsory does not mean to put CRK under civic studies and then having IRK as a separate subject and kit CRK. The lying sultan knows it was under the Wahhabism ofBuhari and the sultan that this evil was done. It is easy to mention Jonathan and all you Jonathan haters will start your ignoble abuses of the man. Thatbis why you are the real olodo hear.

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          Jonathan signed the bill, when fake pastor Oritsejafor was president of CAN.
          I voted for Jonathan & donated N200 to his campaign funds in 2011 & must have attracted more than 100 vote for him.
          He wasted our highest Oil revenue ever in 5yrs more than revenue of preceding 16yrs by about $20 billion USD. Hate is an understatement. He belong in Kirikiri.
          Buhari may not be perfect, he is trying to fix the mess created by corrupt, wasteful & incompetent Jonathan.
          Osibanjo is a christian, we have CAN to argue our case. Sultan can only speak for his people.

    • Tahir Bunu-hamza

      …your so called education has not benefited you in any way other than being unable to comprehend a simple essay: read (again) what the Sultan has said before you comment – if you are really knowledgeable!

      • AY

        Really!

    • Tahir Bunu-hamza

      …Muslims have made and are still making contribution in the different aspects of knowledge for the benefit of humanity: For example, read about the late Muslim mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani who died today (15/07/2017) in the USA!

      • JOHN

        What contribution? September eleven. You need to repent and give your life to JESUS.

      • emmanuel

        You have only confirmed the post you responded to. One unknown Maryam as the contribution of Islam to modern development?
        Rather than wait for what others produce and import them.
        Do not tell me the buildings and tourism in Dubai and Saudi are contribution to human development.
        In Nigeria, you are pulled into institutions of higher learnings around the North, were your lecturers are worst than illiterate farmers, graduate half baked and spirited into the civil and public service and with minimal career exposures, are quickly made Directors and Permanent Secretaries from where they steal and aqyuire several wives, give birth to Almangari’s and continue the cycle of illiteracy from where they originated.
        lease spare us illiteracy as a legacy to future generation.
        How many Engineers and statisticians have you produced Globally?
        Islamic Studies, philosophy, sociology, history, International relations with passes and no alphas. Same applies to even Yoruba muslims

  • Afo

    This is part of the ignoble actions of the buffoon GEJ. The religious leaders presented the proposal to Yaradua and he rejected it but GEJ the corrupt and selfish man approved it without blinking. See the damage that corrupt CAN was part of but now shedding hypocritical tears. Good that the Nigerian Christian Graduates Fellowship has taken over for proper educational curriculum. God bless Nigeria.

    • Fairgame

      You are the buffoon for believing a liar like the sultan. Making a subject compulsory is different from putting CRK and IRK under Civic studies and the. Having IRK as a separate subject and not CRK. So you are the buffoon

  • AryLoyds

    Mr. Abubakar- who is the head of the Nigerian Muslim community, urged the council to propagate Islam to non-Muslims in a non-combative manner.“Tell people what Islam is; tell them why they should be Muslims and what difference it could make to their lives,”
    Haha , i think the world already knows what ISLAM is about 🙂

    • Mufu Ola

      So what have d Christians who have been disturbing citizens everywhere with their sermon doing? Is that not propagation? Christian can propagate but Muslims must not. Abi? Are u proud of your sense of reasoning? Both of you (Christianity & Islam)are public nuisance if u must know.

    • JOHN

      Violence and mindless killings and compulsion and destruction and lieing and inlolerance and wickedness. O ma she oo.

      • okenwa

        That is islam.

    • bashwaziri

      So Christians can be disturbing everybody’s peace with loud music and jehova witness door to door campaigns but Muslims should not? What a bigot

      • AryLoyds

        What is Islam?

  • Frank Bassey

    It is now clear to Nigerians that Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari was over-rated in leadership quality but under-rated in the furious entrenchment of Islamic fundamentalism. He has deep Islamic agenda to push down the throat of Nigerians, using corruption fight and castigating previous administration as Alibi. I still wonder what he will point at as his achievement in an office he fought doggedly for over 12 years to occupy. Nigerians are now wiser,

    • Stephen

      You are dull brain, didn’t you read there that the policy was formulated under Jonathan your uncle.

      • Frank Bassey

        Formulated and IMPLEMENTED under Jonathan? If the policy was in its formulation stage and now the finished product is not what was intended, how does it benefit the people it was meant to serve? It was only an IDEA under Jonathan, now the finished product contradicts the intention and that is why we must not allow a brainless, clueless, hypocritical and numb leader to implement it. Enough of dealing with these dry brains.

        • Patriotism

          That means the original idea was to christianize Nigeria. hypocracy!!!

          • Tahir Bunu-hamza

            ……..May be at the time of GEJ the Christian religious leaders pushed the Goodluck Jonathan administration to change the status of Christian and Islamic subjects in school curriculum so that they could ‘Christianize’ the Muslims through and under the confusion of the contraption – and they kept mute (in hypocrisy): but now that the country is under a Muslim’s leadership, they are making spurious allegation and a louder noise in an even more apparent hypocrisy!!!

          • Frank Bassey

            You still get it wrong. What is being implemented now shows that those who sold the idea to GEJ were devilishly hypocritical. Their sin has found them out.

          • okenwa

            Why dont you guys be using islamic or arabic names in your handle than christain or english names you are using?

    • NwaIgbo

      Then I want to see how a Pentecostal Pastor in the person of Vice President will watch and see Christianity decimated in Nigeria.

  • CEO

    If the two subjects are to be made compulsory for students of both faiths as the Sultan claims, what would happen to Christian students who live in the north, where there are no Christian teachers in the schools? And what would happen to Muslim students who live in the southeast and south south where there are no Muslim teachers in the schools? As for the claim by the Sultan that this change was approved by former president, Dr. Jonathan, I would wait to hear his side of the story. I am making this case, bearing in mind that it was just two days ago that Alhaji Fashola accused Dr. Jonathan of reversing electricity tariffs to help him win the election. And yesterday, Sam Amadi clarified that it was him, and not Dr. Jonathan that reversed the tariffs. The Sultan has been in the news all through the week due to the fierce battle between him and Ahmadu Bello’s grandson. It has also now been reported that they have reconciled. However, for anyone who read about that fight, I think the general consensus would be that it was quite revealing.

    • Smart

      Are there Muslim students in the south East?

  • AFRICANER

    Sa’ad situation.

  • Fairgame

    This sultan can lie. CRK was to be made compulsory as a separate aubject and IRK was to be made compulsory as a separate subject. But what did these evil jihadists do? They collapse CRK and IRK under civic studies and then keep IRK as a separate subject but not CRK. He has come here to tell lies and many olodos will believe him. Anyway this will never stand. It is only a matter of time and the backlash against the Islamization agenda will be swift and severe. Evil men.

    • AY

      please bros mind your tongue!

    • Mufu Ola

      Many Nigerians are emotionally unstable. I’ve talked to several teachers across Nigeria who claim CAN is lying & cannot understand what d fuss is all about since they still teach oth IRK & CRK in schools. Mark you most of these teachers are Christians. In any case CAN have never articulated clearly & intelligently how Nigeria can be Ismalised. Some people need to restructure their emotional & mental capabilities.

      • Samuel Eleko

        Mufu, listen to the presentation of CAN president to the senate president and see if you will be better informed on this matter. You cannot base your conclusion on one sided comments from your teacher friends who probably share the same values with you.

    • Samuel Eleko

      The major problem with Nigerians is that the capacity to read has gone very low. The highest we now read is a facebook post. Pick up a copy of the curriculum, ask questions to know when it was modified and who modified it. Personal judgment would prevail over hear-say.

      • Akintunde Joseph Shina

        Samuel you are so myopic and narrow minded. Think wider and look up to see bigger picture. Jonathan sold out cos of 2nd term period. But now it must change.

        • emmanuel

          You need to understand too. The Islamist are cooking up stories to heap their criminalities on Jonathan.
          They re-spackaged the initial documents, inserted clauses ito it an commenced implementation. They are liars from the pit of hell

      • emmanuel

        Usman, did ypu hear the last statements made by the satan – liar?
        Both were arecommended to be made compulsory, then the evil people made merged both into one civic education, and still retained IRK?

  • Tahir Bunu-hamza

    May be at the time of GEJ the Christian religious leaders pushed the Goodluck Jonathan administration to change the status of Christian and Islamic subjects in school curriculum so that they could ‘Christianize’ the Muslims through and under the confusion of the contraption – and they kept mute (in hypocrisy): but now that the country is under a Muslim’s leadership, they are making spurious allegation and a louder noise in an even more apparent hypocrisy!!!

    • Akintunde Joseph Shina

      Tahir you are born with lies and fanatisism. The Sultan said he pushed Jonathan to do it. It is Jonathan over ambition for second term that made him sold his birthright. But now it must be changed.

      • Tahir Bunu-hamza

        Read the story again……The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar, has given details how religious leaders pushed the Goodluck Jonathan administration to change the status of Christian and Islamic subjects in school curriculum.

    • akin_101_joey

      Tahir, hope you read where the Minister of Education didn’t approve the Islamic sinister plan for reason best known to him even though GEJ accepted the confused and conflicted request. But the present Minister being a Jihadist too signed the irrelevant request to merge IRK n CRK together. Do we have to do this in the first place? What do we have in common? Why can’t this horrible man let the status quo be?

  • NwaIgbo

    Religion, not Nigerian Sovereignty is what is not negotiable. Nigeria is a secular state and any Nigerian citizen has the inalienable right to worship his/her GOD/ALLAH in whatever way, in what place and at what ever time without any hindrance, provided such freedom does not infringe on the right of others. Also, as human beings disagreements, whether secular or religious should not be settled with the dagger.No religion should propagate its evangelism by threat, coercion or war.

    • Sarah

      Nigeria is NOT a secular state. For the avoidance of all doubt our Constitution does NOT declare Nigeria to be a secular state. In fact our national anthem and pledge refer to God. I am sure you will be aware that the federal executive council always starts with Muslim and Christian prayers.
      What we are in practice is a multi-religious country where everyone is free to practice or not practice their chosen religion.

  • Dan_Arewa

    Don’t mind them my Sultan. They are jealous about Islam being accepted in Europe and USA. The same Europeans that brought theirs to them.

    • Daniel

      Are you sure? Delusion unlimited!

      • Dan_Arewa

        Go and check the percentage of people that attend church and mosque in that countries. You will be surprise.

        • Daniel

          If you want no propagate Islam, do so peacefully.

          We all have rights to religious beliefs.

          But for you to conduct Jihad or infuse it into our educational system, you LIE.

          We are not in 1804.

    • Sam J

      Dan_Arewa, please do you live? Obviously you don’t what you are talking about. Which Islam is being accepted in Europe and USA? Fake news! I live in USA and I can tell you nobody wants Islam here.

    • Guest

      So simple minded in accepting anything as truth. Unfortunately true of most muslims, no matter their edcuation or exposure….. unthinking,simplistic, robotic.
      Islam accepted in Europe and US???? Why do you think Trump won the elections and the British voted Brexit?? It is to control the mass immigration of muslims to their countries, which if fueling the so-called ‘growth’ of Islam. What you regard as the perceived growth of Islam, is actually an increase in the number of muslims emigrating to these countries or already in those countries and have turned their homes to baby factories (taking advantage of the welfare programmes of the West) producing future jihadists. Even at that, they, just like you in Northern Nigeria, have the worst indicators for education, health and unemployment!
      Dan Arewa, I suggest you consider simply googling the number of muslims as a precentage of the general population in the US and UK, all are less than 3%! In Europe, there is a drop in the number of practicing christians, but they are turning to atheism (non belief) rather than Islam.
      May you find true peace as Jesus gives.

  • ed

    Sultan of Sokoto seems like unashamed liar of the highest order. The new policy of the federal government removed Christian education curriculum from the classroom.
    Islamic education curriculum is now compulsory for all Nigerian children.
    That’s the undisputed fact.
    All the stories about Jonathan and false headline that you’re talking about had nothing in common with the truth.
    Islamization agenda originated from Sultan caliphate.
    Please stop playing on our intelligent. We can access google and get the facts.

    • Samuel Eleko

      Number 1 it is so easy for you to insult people. Number 2 you don’t seem to read what the Sultan said as reported by the newspaper. Number 3 you just made a statement that is contrary to what the curriculum stated. It is not mandatory to comment on an issue if there is a doubt in understanding.

      • ed

        The insult is coming from the Sultan of Sokoto that is behind all this calamity in the otherwise peaceful Nigerian communities.
        We had Fulani’s terrorist herdsmen killing Christian in Southern Kaduna, Agatu Benue state, Akure Ondo State, Delta State, Enugu and everywhere in between. President Buhari and Sultan of Sokoto the leaders behind them did nothing to stop beheadings of our Children, women and men. The herdsmen are now being forced on villages and cities, where HIV infested cow are being sold to innocent citizens.
        The latest assault is on the Christian education curriculum. Sultan and President Buhari replaced practically every Christian leadership position with hardcore Muslim, Plus the Muslim Minister of Education that went all out to change the dynamics.
        Hence the removal of Christian Religion studies from school curriculum.
        Islamic religion is now made compulsory. Christian education doesn’t have the same status as Islamic Studies.
        Islamic education is compulsory for all children. That’s Islamization on steroids if you care about the truth.
        Sultan coming here to claim that no one is Islamizing Nigerian is an insult.
        We’re not captured slaves of Fulani’s.
        British colonial master unfortunately falsely rigged the population that made us Fulani’s colonial. We were supposed to be independent since 1960. Only to be ruled by Nomadic Fulani’s.
        You’re free to move to Sokoto caliphate and be a subject of the Fulani’s colonial caliphate.
        Most southerners are no longer willing to be deceived.
        We want out of the insanity.

  • John Okoh

    Premium Times should be ashamed of itself if there is no true freedom of expression allowed in the so called discussions.

    • Pirofessor2000

      @arabakpura:disqus

      What the Sultan of Sokoto does not say……..

      The Sultan does not say or rue that Islam is a violent threat to life rather than a religion between Man and God.
      To be frank, Islam is just an amorphous threatening word without any definite meaning in practice. Like cocaine, every Muslim takes his own self-prescribed dose of Islam and gets high on it to do as he pleases like an outlaw

      Islam fosters illiteracy and devalues women as chattels by also extolling mass killing of innocents. Because there
      is no true Islam known to the faithfuls, Islamic sects mushroom like rabies on the face of the earth, all of them claiming to be the much-dreaded cancer of Islam. For lacking in definite meaning Islam betokens nothingness. Abubakar Al Baghdadi pronounces Islam in a mosque in Mosul, Iraq, as meaning genocide. Since then thousands of innocents have been beheaded by the faithfuls.

      In Afghanistan Osama bin Laden pronounced Islam as instead meaning indiscriminate mass assassination of all people inside non-Muslim countries and called that barbarism Islam all the same. Abubaka r Shekahu called Islam a combination of rape, kidnap and beheading of anyone who believes in democracy and rule of law. Nigeria has sunk in blood since that Islam was promulgated in Borno state. Because Islam has no definite meaning but instead suggests criminal violent activity devoid of thought, science or logic, it is no surprise that Islam is the opium of the
      world’s most backward people, as no Muslim country in the world has contributed anything good to development, global knowledge of peace and progress, or contributed to any sense of justice since the 20th century.

      • pointiblanky

        @arabakpura:disqus

        A PAGAN IS BETTER;
        FAR BETTER THAN A MUSLIM BECAUSE A PAGAN CAN THINK, WHEREAS A MUSLIM CANNOT
        THINK BECAUSE ISLAM IS A VIRUS THAT DELETES THE BRAIN FILES OF ANYONE WHO
        CROUCHES TO SALLAM IN THE NAME OF ISLAM.

  • emmanuel

    The man of sokoto prides himself in lies.
    I am not surprised really when a ex-ertwhile military plunderer in Nigeria is made to superintend over clerics of the worshipers of an unknown god, they are expected to act in like manner

  • Arabakpura

    The sultan should have mentioned the CAN leaders who made this proposal because no one of them seem to agree with him! He should stop going through the back to cause confusion! It is now clear to me why a journalist is the minister of education while a Professor of education is his assistant!

    • Qaqa Abu

      “The real problem with the country is that Jihad has been launched in
      Nigeria; and Islamists that have been interfering in the governance of the
      country using “Taqiyya” (approved deception) as “Stealth/Civilisation Jihad”,
      and Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen as violent Jihad, are relentless in their
      pursuit of eradicating democracy in Nigeria. The objective of the Islamists
      (Political Islam) is to supplant the constitution of Nigeria with Sharia
      ideology as the source of legislation in the nation. The conflict between
      democracy as national ideology, and Sharia as a usurping ideology, is
      responsible for the crisis unfolding in Nigeria. The nation is in the throes
      of Jihad.”

      …………Army Generals T.Y Danjuma, Joshua Dongoyaro

      and Zamani Lekwot

      (July 14th, 2017)

  • Ceejay ilo

    Why canvass for a change when the constitution stated clearly that Nigeria is a secular state which includes people of other faith different from muslims & christians? And you call yourself an elder?
    Isn’t it obvious you and your cohorts don’t mean well for the country?

    • muazu wali

      Nonesense. We are talking of academic learning. I know many christians who earned BSc in Arabic but never converted to Islam. You read too many wrong books.

      • Ceejay ilo

        At higher level, it becomes a choice….but in primary or secondary school, they are compelled to do so. Please endeavour to be logical in your reasoning.

        • muazu wali

          The statement on the change clearly stated that “the two subjects Christain and Islamic studies formaly optional are now core to students of their faiths”. A Cbristain will study Christianity and a Muslim Student must study Arabic and Islam. Muslims have never been afraid that our chikdren will be converted to Christanity why should should CAN protest of a plan to Islamise the country. The wisdom as I understand it is that all children must be exposed to the morals of their parents, they should be protected from the western liberal influences. Those who may object and quite rightly are practitioners of traditional religions.

          • AryLoyds

            Keep on lying !

        • NwaIgbo

          Exactly, let’s us be careful in what we pour into virgin, young minds that act as sponges.
          This is a very serious business. Government must trade with great care, but the very sad truth is our governance is the theatre of absurdity where the only main goal is to steal and squander while the nation burns. God help us as we help ourselves!

    • Musa M. Dantsoho

      Compulsory on all Nigerians or those who adhere to the respective faiths? This is the problems, distortion and mis-presentation of facts.
      Today, there Muslims who could read considerable portion of the Bible without looking at the Book.

      • AryLoyds

        How about the other way round , are christians allowed to read the holy book of muslims without been scolded?

        • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

          By who?liar.

          • AryLoyds

            I picked up a K0ran once and almost got killed for it in London luton.

          • muazu wali

            By who and why?

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Liar. Remember liars shall not prosper.

        • Musa M. Dantsoho

          Which Bookshop denied selling the Quran to non-Muslim?. Your Church leaders wouldn’t like you to know something about Islam. So, the best way is to keep their sheep away from Quran for fear of losing them to Islam.

      • emmanuel

        You muslims are criminals. Only cowards conscript people to join their religion. Try to do Islam the way Christians evangelise and see if you would have converts.
        Islam is a religion by blackmail, hypnotism, violence, bullying and killings.
        Imagine a member of a family decide to opt out of Islam and the family kills him or her. It is worse when such a person become a christian. That means death warrant.
        Islam is demonic and very inferior to any other religion on earth!

        • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

          How ,and may you explain that?

        • Musa M. Dantsoho

          Assuming you are a Christian, you are no more than a mere church goer. So, I discuss religion with a laity who merely visit a church for the sake of being identified.

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    I am scared to the marrow the calibre of people we now have as Nigerians. They are like zmbie aliens,who have been created without brain,or with mutilated brain. A curriculum was reviewed under a Christian government, and it was about to be complemented by a Muslim led government, and then suddenly the shout f islamization of Nigeria. What a hypocrisy. Why are many people do daft? Why are people unnecessarily being stewpid?. Is this the consequences of leaderless society like ours? Christians can no longer think any moment they have issues with the Muslims. Yo start heading all sorts of conspiracy theories, islamization of Nigeria,jihadi,Islamists, like the pfools?. But one thing is sure,the true God is not a liar,and sure to punish the liars. One thing seem to be very clear,some people under the disguise of religion have been enjoying impunity for decades,but just at a pull of the plug,the hell must be let lose at the perceived religion of the tribes of the who have been responsible for their misery.

  • Bunkaya Gana

    Mind your spellings pl