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Christian leaders in Nigeria are calling for young students to boycott new compulsory Arabic classes. This has come quickly in the wake of rumors of the Nigerian government eliminating Christian Religious Studies courses. This is a disturbing trend in the education of young people in Nigeria that seems to push them towards Islam.

07/04/2017 Nigeria (Premier)- Religious leaders in Nigeria have called for Christian students to boycott compulsory Arabic classes introduced by the government.

Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church and other religious leaders claim the compulsory lesson is an attempt to convert secondary pupils to Islam.

Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and Pastor W.F. Kumuyi of Deeper Life Bible Church – who are all members of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) – stated the government has no right to force students to study the language.

Reverend Felix Omobude, national president of PFN said: “We are aware of orchestrated plans to subtly use this policy as a means of forceful religious indoctrination and we maintain our stand against it.



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