OUR DEMANDS AS NIGERIA CHRISTIANS

By Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko
OUR DEMANDS AS NIGERIA CHRISTIANS
  • RESTORE CRK AS A SINGLE STAND ALONE INDIVIDUAL SUBJECT.
DON’T SUBSUME IT ANY LONGER IN AN OMNIBUS SUBJECT CALLED RELIGION AND NATIONAL VALUES.  • REDESIGN THE CURRICULUM SO THAT IT WILL REFLECT TRUE CHRISTIAN VALUES FOR OUR CHILDREN, NOT A HUMANISTIC SOCIAL/MORAL INSTRUCTION BUT WHAT TEACHES THEM TO LOVE, RESPECT AND REVER THE GOD OF THEIR FATHERS, JEHOVAH ELOHIM, THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE WHO SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON JESUS CHRIST TO DIE FOR OUR SINS, WHOSE RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION TO HEAVEN GIVE US THE ONLY PASSPORT TO HEAVEN AND ETERNITY.  GENUINE RESPECT FOR OUR CONSTITUTION WHICH STATES Section 38 (1) of the 1999 constitution and Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Right, provide:“Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.” IMPLICATIONS  1. THERE SHALL BE NO DISCRIMINATION WHATSOEVER ON THE BASIS OF RELIGION  2. CRK TEACHERS SHOULD BE EMPLOYED IN ALL STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OF NIGERIA IN AS LONG AS SUCH GOVTS SHARE THE SAME REVENUE FROM THE CENTRAL SOURCE 3. ANY STATE THAT REFUSES WILL ALSO BE BARRED FROM SHARING IN THE NATIONAL REVENUES ALLOCATION  4. CHURCHES AND RELIGIONS PLACES OF WORSHIP SHOULD BE GIVEN LICENSE TO OPERATE IN ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION  5. EVERY OBNOXIOUS LAW THAT LIMITS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM SHOULD BE SCRAPPED ESPECIALLY THE ONE BY GOV EL RUFAI OF KADUNA STATE THAT INFRINGES ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.  6. IN SUBSEQUENT REVIEW OF THE CURRICULUM, KEY STAKEHOLDERS LIKE NCGF, CAN, PARENTS, PRIVATE SCHOOL PROPRIETORS SHOULD BE WELL REPRESENTED AND NOT HANDPICKED.  7. CONTINOUS EDUCATION AND ORIENTATION OF END USERS SHOULD BE DEPLOYED IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ANY CURRICULUM CHANGE 8. Restoration of key subjects like History, Geography, Economics  9. Our curriculum should prepare us for intellectual, technological, economic, moral/ethical competitiveness, and not backwardness like in the case of Kwara state 10. Offensive items in the new curriculum that disparages Christianity should be expunged immediately and never reintroduced or smuggled back under any disguise. There should be mutual respect for others.  11. Morally degrading items should be removed from our textbooks and curriculum. There is a particular book on social studies for secondary school under religion and national values authored by S. O OMOTUYOLE for JSS 1 that teaches that kissing, hugging, touching and can you believe it that mutual Masturbation is a way to control sexual intercourse among Youths. Ridiculous.  12. Government should not interfere or promote one religion to the exclusion of others by sponsoring only a particular group or allocating state resources. 13. NERDC should make available list of recommended books in line with their curriculum.  14. NERDC should not remain a toothless bulldog but should be given powers to sanction erring booksellers, states ministry of education and schools that violate the dictates of their curriculum.  15. A COMPLETE ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF ALL AGENTS OF HATRED AND MURDER OF CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA : MRS EUNICE OLAWALE OF REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA IN KUBWA ABUJA, THE KANO KILLING OF A CHRISTIAN WOMAN 74 YEAR OLD BRIDGET AGBAIME FROM IMO STATE.  Let me add that in listing all these demands, I sent a mail to virtually all Christians in Nigeria and Diaspora on the social media to send in their opinions and positions on these issues. The response has been overwhelming and it cuts across race, age, position, social status and political affiliation and tribe.  As I am taking today, they have assured me of their prayers and support. This indeed is the voice of Nigeria Christians.  Let our leaders and policy makers listen attentively. God bless you all and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Amen.
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