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Borno Christians demand equal status for CRS, IRS in schools

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Christians residing in Southern Borno, represented by the Gwoza Elite Forum (GEF), have raised their voices in protest against the exclusion of Christian Religious Studies (CRS) as a subject in both primary and secondary schools within Borno state.

This grievance was brought to the forefront during GEF’s inaugural conference, where various pressing issues were addressed.

The resolution stemming from the conference, signed by the Secretary of its Communique Drafting Committee, Irmiya Kache, and exclusively obtained by The PUNCH in Abuja on Thursday, reflects the concerns of the Christian community in the region.

The conference provided participants with a platform to deliberate on the multitude of challenges that Christian brethren have faced over the past 23 years of democratic governance.

It presented an opportunity to propose practical and realistic political and socio-economic solutions to these issues.

Among the critical points outlined in the resolution, one of the primary demands is the establishment of a high-powered delegation consisting of selected Christian leaders.

This delegation would comprise respected clergies, politicians, and leaders of Christian organizations.

Their mission would be to conduct an advocacy visit to the governor of Borno State, engaging him in discussions to address the concerns of the Christian community.

The foremost concern revolves around the absence of CRS as a subject in the curriculum of primary and secondary schools.

Christians in Southern Borno argue that this omission infringes upon their rights to practice and learn about their faith, demanding that CRS be given equal status alongside Islamic Religious Studies (IRS).

They believe that this step is essential in ensuring religious harmony and equal educational opportunities for all students.

As this call for equal status for CRS gains momentum among Christians in Southern Borno, it remains to be seen how the government will respond to their demands and whether constructive dialogue will lead to a resolution that satisfies all parties involved.

This issue underscores the importance of addressing religious inclusivity and ensuring that educational curricula respect the diverse faiths within the region.

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