Christians from three major ethnic groups in the north, namely Kanuri, Hausa and Fulani, under the auspices of Tarayar, Ekklisiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria, for the first time over the weekend expressed full support for federalism and restructuring, a view different from the position of the established Muslim North.
They slammed their Muslim brothers in the North for fanning the ember of hate and disunity, underscoring the widespread belief that the major cause of violence in the North is centered on religion
The group under which also relates with the name Arewa Christians and Indigenous Pastors Association, ACIPA disclosed that negotiation, dialogue and true federalism will help to stabilize Nigeria and also douse the tension among the nation’s ethnic nationalities.
Irohinoodua gathered that the group faulted alleged plans by the Federal Government to impose the National Grazing Resource Council Bill as law, describing it as unacceptable.
The group suggested that in the alternative, state governments or Fulani herdsmen should purchase land in their state where they are domiciled for the purpose of grazing.
According to the group, it demands the immediate inclusion of Hebrew and Greek Languages as well as Church History to subjects for Christian students at all levels in the nation’s secondary school curriculum to aid children in their understanding of the bible in its original context, adding that the threat of Fulani herdsmen should not be overlooked.
Irohinoodua also gathered that the group expressed concern that the Minster of Education is a Muslim and also heads the Nigeria Education Research and Development Council, which it claims is having a toll on Christian students.
“Muslim students have three variables, namely, Islamic Religious Knowledge, Arabic Studies and Islamic History. This has dire implication for the church and the impartation of Christain moral values to our children.
“We are therefore demanding the immediate inclusion of Hebrew and Greek Languages as well as Church History to subjects for Christian students at all levels in the nation’s secondary school curriculum to aid children in their understanding of the bible in its original context”.
The President of ACIPA, Luke Shehu said that the group are conscious of the effect of global warming and desertification on grazing in the North, in which they commend the contribution of cattle-rearers to Nigeria’s commercial activities and agricultural sub-sector of the economy, but the group does not subscribe to the Federal Government’s insistence on a grazing reserve policy favourable to herdsmen as against indigenous farmers homeland.
The ACIPA called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to use his influence as a Fulani and grand leader of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to check the menace of either foreign or local herdsmen.
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