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No attempt to force Christian students to learn IRK in schools – Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, Dr. Muhammad Abubakar has dismissed reports that there were plans to Islamise Nigeria, stressing that there is no attempt to force Islamic and Christian Religious Knowledge, IRK on Christian students.

Abubakar spoke at a national symposium and launching of 2025 Vision by Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria.

The Sultan said, “When Umar Yar’Adua was President, Christians and Muslims leaders wrote, asking him to make IRK 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.

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

The Sultan also said the recent crisis in Mambilla Plateau, Taraba State was not targeted at any tribe.

“The crisis was not planned by individuals or groups to eliminate any tribe; as an ex-military officer, I can only believe that the crisis was planned when I see a document to confirm that,” he said.

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