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Don't expunge religious studies, history from school curriculum, university dons tell FG

Don't expunge religious studies, history from school curriculum, university dons tell FG

Two Senior lecturers at Bayero University, Kano (BUK), have advanced strong reasons why religious studies and History should not be expunged from Nigeria?s school curriculum from primary to tertiary levels.
While Prof. Aliyu Dauda of the Department of Education, described as unfavourable to national interest the phasing out of Islamic and Christian studies from the school curriculum, Prof. Ibrahim Khalil of History department also argued that expunging history from the school curriculum was an ill wind that blows nobody any good.
Prof. Khalil also added that without the knowledge of history, ?one is not even fit to occupy a position in the government.?
However, Prof. Dauda, further making a case for religious studies in the school curriculum, insisted that, ?there was no way religion can be divorced from politics.?
The two dons spoke during the BUK School of General Studies, Class 84 Reunion, held at the old campus of the institution.
Prof. Dauda wondered why both Islamic studies and Christian Religious Knowledge should be expunged from the academic curriculum, affirming that the decision would inflict a great damage on the nation.
According to him, ?no political system can ever be feasible to assume same balance of legitimacy, with the issue of religion relegated to the lower rung of the ladder. Religion plays a spectacular role in shaping the destiny of any nation.?
He lamented that the ruling elite, ?who had been wielding considerable influence and authority on the affairs of the country had monopolized the resources endowed to Nigerian citizens,? pointing out that, ?such crass monopoly and wanton plunder is what had ruined the economy of the country.?
According to him, ?it was a burden of proof on the shoulders of the lawmakers at the National Assembly to spearhead the struggle to ensure that the government rescinds its decision to expunge Islamic and Christian Religious Knowledge from the school curriculum, because without the knowledge of religion, the future would never be rosy.?
Proposing that should be given prominent position in the school curriculum, Prof. Khalil asserted that, ?without strong historical empirical evidences, facts and revelations, the masses, government, the people in government, the entire system and the country itself would not only remain in perpetual darkness, but bereft of the knowledge and the immense contribution of astute nationalists and great leaders would become in vain.?
The two dons finally called on the Federal Government to have a rethink, just as they drum up for the support of all stakeholders, including the National Assembly to halt the quest for abolishing important religious courses and History from the curriculum, warning that if that happens, it would spell doom for the nation.
ASUU members are 419 ? UNILORIN reacts to union?s petition to EFCC
Management of the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN, has denied allegations of fraud leveled against its Vice Chancellor (VC), Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali and his predecessor, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
Recall that ASUU last Thursday petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibadan Zonal office, alleging over N2 billion fraud against Oloyede and Ambali.
Reacting, Oloyede, the current Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), dismissed the claims, adding that Satan was using ASUU against him.
Rising in defence of the duo, UNILORIN in a statement yesterday described the allegations as ?infantile lies, largely empty and merely rehearsed to make it look real?.
The institution stated that those behind the petition were ?enemies of progress who are aghast at the pace of progress being recorded by the university daily?.
The statement by UNILORIN?s Head of Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, said there was nothing new in the allegations.
He noted that, ?the same fellows made the same allegations last August while shamefacedly kicking against the well-merited appointment of Prof. Oloyede as registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)?.
?And, of course, no one took them seriously, as even President Muhammadu Buhari is not unaware of the due diligence credentials of the successive administrations of the University of Ilorin.

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