What Nigeria university students should know
Sir: Christians and Muslims, who occupy public offices at all levels in Nigeria, abuse their positions for self-aggrandizement, and to promote Christianity and Islam, generally speaking. Nigeria students, at all levels of academia, should understand that, that is the real meaning of Boko Haram, and that, that is precisely what the Boko Haram Islamic sect-community of men, women and children was opposing, and the sect did not attack anybody at all, until attacked by the late president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who abused his presidential powers, acting as an agent of the Islamic imperialists, represented by the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). That was 2009. When Yar’Adua died in 2010, his deputy, Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, who became the acting president, abused the position to orchestrate his own becoming the elected president of Nigeria, thereby truncating rotational presidency against the north.
In doing that, Jonathan allied himself with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), to support him, as NSCIA supported Yar’Adua, and is supporting the current President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB), who is perpetuating the carnage and economic destruction of Nigeria, started by Yar’Adua and Jonathan in 2009 through 2015. You can see that Yar’Adua and GMB represent Islamic imperialism, while Jonathan represented Christian imperialism. Nigeria students, if they want a better Nigeria, should insist on obeying the Constitution that stipulates Nigeria a secular state, while citizens have religious liberty and freedom of association. Boko Haram is resisting violation of its religious liberty and freedom of association by the religio-political powers that be. Otherwise, Boko Haram did not make any headline throughout the presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ). The latter did not bring any religious war on Nigeria, and so, was able to achieve increment of workers’ salaries and emoluments; the National Health Insurance Scheme; the Pension Scheme for federal workers, mobile phone (handset); etc, while his successors radicalised Boko Haram into a terrorist group, fighting governmental terrorism against it.
Nigeria students at all levels should beware of politicization of Islam and Christianity, as inimical to peace and progress. They should know that Western education has nothing to do with church and mosque worships, yet some public universities tie matriculation and convocation ceremonies to church and mosque worships, surreptitiously imposing Islam and Christianity on Nigeria staff and students. What that means is that such universities have been turned into instruments of politicisation of Islam and Christianity, and that is Boko Haram at its worst. Christian and Islamic missionaries used schools as opportunities for indoctrinating and converting African children, since about two hundred years.
That is why many Africans of today don’t know the wisdom and the doctrines of traditional Africa. Even today, some seminaries and Quranic schools, glorified as universities, employ teachers who will teach African Traditional Religion (ATR) in “our usual way of speaking about the religion”, meaning gods, deities, human sacrifice, diffused monotheism, etc.
Which religion surpasses Christianity and Islam in the commission of human sacrifice, taking the crusade and the jihadist wars alone into consideration; or their bloody doctrinal wars? But if Nigeria will be repositioned for sanity, peace and progress, students must start resisting academic programmes and agenda tied to church and mosque worships under any guise, with particular reference to public institutions, in a country where official religion is prohibited. Resistance to surreptitious imposition of Islam and Christianity on Nigeria is the beginning of sanity, and a better future for the nation. The so-called students’ union leaders, who sold-out to Nigeria rulers should repent.
Prof. Olojeede Oyeniran Abioje, PhD, University of Ilorin.