The Sultan of Sokoto and the President-General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Mjahhamada Sa’ad Abubakar yesterday warned the federal government not to replace the teaching of religious studies with Religion and National Value in both primary and post –primary schools in the country.
Speaking at the turbaning and presentation of certificate/staff office to the new Aare Musulumi of Yoruba land, Edo and Delta States in Ibadan, he disclosed that both NSCIA and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have rejected the proposal by the government.
According to him, both NSCIA and CAN have insisted that teaching of religious studies in schools will enable the followers to have better understanding of their religions.
While calling on the government to ensure that both Islamic and Christian Religious Studies were taught from primary to secondary school, the Sultan regretted that the Boko Haram insurgency was as a result of lack of knowledge on the part of the perpetrators.
Represented by the NSCIA”s Scribe, Professor Ishaq Oloyede the Sultan called on the religious leaders in the country to always preach peace through their weekly sermons which have to reflect happenings within the society.
While commending the Muslims in the South West, the religious leader, he called on the scholars and Islamic leaders to support the new Aare Musulumi in the propagation of Islam.
Speaking, Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi charged religious leaders to establish schools for their children towards the eradication begging among the adherents of the religion of Islam.