ICC Note: The Christian Association of Nigeria has taken issue with a police force examination issued by the Nigerian government because it included questions in Arabic, giving Muslim applicants an unfair advantage. It has been perceived by Christians in the region as an instance of discrimination that indication officials’ intent to foster Islamic religion in Nigeria.
06/01/2018 Nigeria (Premier) – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has slammed the Nigerian government for including questions in Arabic for applicants shortlisted for recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force in a recent aptitude test.
In a statement by the Christian body’s National President, Rev Samson Ayokunle criticised the requirement saying it gave Muslims an unfair advantage over Christians applying and was “another dirty slap on the 1999 Constitution”.
They added that for many Christian youths who sat the examination “the display of the Arabic language questions came as a rude shock” and was “obviously achieving the aim of the Islamic extremists who are hell bent on fostering their religion and culture on the Nigeria Police Force”.
According to local newspaper, Daily Post, over 37,000 job seekers undertook the test in 156 centres across the country.
CAN have called on President Muhammadu Buhari – who is a Muslim – to “cancel the exams and conduct a fresh one devoid of controversies”.
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