Muslim Group Raises Alarm Over Alleged Persecution Of Muslim Students By Private Universities
A Muslim Group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said its office has been occupied with complaints of religious persecution in Christian private universities.
The group, in a press statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, described the situatiuon as “a dangerous dimension at this stage of Nigeria’s history.”
“Muslim students in various Christian private universities have reported how they are forced to attend church on Sunday. They are compelled to go to the chapel for various Christian-oriented programmes.
“A leading Christian private university rusticated a Muslim student who happened to be the president of the students’ union on a flimsy excuse. Female Muslim students who have been using hijab before they were admitted are disallowed from using it the moment they pay their school fees and conclude other registration formalities whereas such rules are not rolled out earlier,” the statement read.
The group, in the statement queried Muslim parents enrolling their children and wards in Christian private universities, while Islamic private universities where their freedom of religion can be guaranteed are being ignored.
“Christian institutions in Nigeria have not been known to respect the fundamental human rights of Muslims. This is a big minus on the part of Nigerian Christendom. God is a God of justice and fairness.
“Those who worship God must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The use of foul means to serve God runs counter to this ideal. It is ungodly to ‘trick’ fellow homo sapiens into an educational institution where they will be subjected to spiritual enslavement for at least four years or more. It is spiritual corruption to give unto God what was immorally and unjustly obtained. It is shameful,” the statement further added.
MURIC, further charged the National Universities Commission (NUC) to investigate this serious allegation made against Christian private universities in Nigeria.
“NUC cannot afford to stand akimbo while thousands of Muslim students are spiritually raped. Were those universities licenced to forcefully convert Muslim students to Christianity?”