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ICC Note: While Christians fight for survival against Islamist attacks in the North of Nigeria, where they are a religious minority, they also battle cultural suppression in areas not beset by violence… even where there is a Christian majority.
10/09/2013 NIGERIA  (This Day/ – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Tuesday declared that the recent decision by the Osun State Government to mix up some Muslim students with their Christian counterparts in missionary schools was a ploy to Islamise the state.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the National General-Secretary of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake, said the move by the state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, was part of a grand plan to systematically silence Christians in the state.
He said if the decision by the state government was not reversed, CAN would be left with no other option than to use legal means to resist such moves.
The CAN further alleged that the plans to Islamise the state was not peculiar to the education sector alone.
It questioned a recent loan purportedly secured by the state government from the Islamic Bank. He said: “We have been following the events in the state. To get to this point where they are trying to bring some Muslims to mix them with Christian students is a ploy. There is a no pretence about it and we are going to resist it. I totally disagree that the Islamisation of the state is not peculiar to the education sector alone. They’ve an agenda.
“If you follow the event in that state and the way the governor is going about doing his own things, he has an agenda. Why is he particular about Christian schools? If he really wants to promote education in that state, why can’t he build other schools? Why is he particular about Christian schools? We Christians can no longer fold our hands and allow them do what they want.”
Asake further accused the past and present governments of intentionally ignoring the plight of Christians, stressing that Christians had been reduced to second class citizens in their own country.