The Funtua zonal chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has made no fewer than three (3) demands to the Governor Aminu Bello Masari’s led Katsina State Government days to the General elections.
The first demand the Christians asked is for Governor Masari to introduce Christian religious studies in public and private schools in Katsina State.
Under the federal government’s education policy, CRS would be studied as a theme in Civic Education in public secondary schools while Islamic/Arabic Studies would remain as a subject.
The Funtua Zonal Chairman of CAN, Rev. Ishaya Garba Jurau, who made the call during a Special Prayer Session for a peaceful election in the state at Kafur, Thursday evening, urged the government to revisit the policy to “give our children the privilege of Christian religious education.”
The Christian body also urged the government to allow its members to build churches in areas inhabited by them for the propagation of Christianity across the state.
According to the cleric, “We thank Governor Masari for granting several rights, which were hitherto not granted to indigenous Christians in the state.
“However, we are requesting the governor to grant us rights to construct churches in areas inhabited by Christians and allow for the teaching of Christians Religious Studies (CRS) in schools.”
While describing the introduction of preaching license in some states as unnecessary, Rev. Jurau, however, implores the Katsina State Government to allow Christians clerics to broadcast Christians religious activities on state-owned media.
Addressing the gathering, Governor Aminu Masari said his administration was determined to carry everybody along irrespective of religious, tribal or political affiliations, adding that the office of the Special Assistant on Christian Pilgrimage was initiated by him during his time as Speaker.
He tasked the leaders of the faith on the need to ensure that their followers actively participate in politics to be represented in the art of governance of the state, appealing for support and understanding to achieve hitch-free polls come February and March.
The prayer session drew Christian faithful from 11 local governments that make up Funtua senatorial zone, where prayers and songs ministrations were held by different clerics and women groups for a peaceful election in the state and the country at large.