Islamic University Bans Christian Groups On Campus, Permits Muslim Students In Katsina

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January 23, 2017 – Injustice: Islamic University In Northern Nigeria Bans Christian Groups On Campus, Permits Muslim Students In Katsina

The management of Umar Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina, Katsina State, have outlawed any other religious or tribal associations on the institution’s campus besides the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria.

The institution’s acting Dean of Students’ Affairs, Dr. Sulaiman Kankara, conveyed the new directive to all students’ clubs and associations that were operating on its campus in an internal memorandum dated January 17, 2017.

A copy of the memo, obtained by one of our correspondents, was captioned, “Re: Registration of Students Clubs/Associations.”

Sulaiman said the new directive was part of the resolutions of the institution’s management at its 59th meeting, which held on January 10, 2017.

The memo read in part,

“The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria is the only religious association allowed to operate in the university.

“All tribal and local government associations are prohibited by the university. Duly registered departmental associations should be allowed to operate, but they should observe item (I) above.”

However, sources within the university told The PUNCH that that the new directive was unlikely to elicit any reaction from the students when the institution resumes its new academic session on January 30, 2017.

“The university has never hidden its posture to be an Islamic institution despite the fact that it is a public institution,” one of the sources said.

The state government had last week approved the construction of a new mosque for Fridays’ Jumat service at the state-owned Hassan Usman Polytechnic at the cost of N64m.

The state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr. Baddiya Mashi, in her contribution at a press briefing at the end of the state executive council meeting, made the disclosure.

But a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Norrison Quakers, who is a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, described the directive by the UMYU authorities as unconstitutional and one that could fuel crisis in the country.

Quakers, who argued that the directive was a specific affront to Section 10 of Nigeria’s constitution, called on the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), to immediately, as the country’s chief law officer, take issues with the UMYU.

Quakers said, “By virtue of Section 10 of the Nigerian constitution, we have what is called a secular society, meaning that the state has no official religion. No component state of the federating unit is allowed to promote any particular religion or place any particular religion above another.

“What the university authorities have done, in this case, is to promote a particular religion or prefer one religion above the others and that is actually calling for chaos and unrest.

“My position is that the decision of the university authorities is one one-sided, and what this has clearly shown is that this particular administration seems to be promoting ethnicity and religion and that, we must avoid.

“The constitution of Nigeria is very clear concerning our unity. My position is that all right-thinking Nigerians must rise up to condemn this directive; it is not something that should be condoned, it is not something that is acceptable. The Attorney General of the Federation should take it up; that policy is an infraction on the constitution and the Attorney General of the Federation is the Chief Law Officer of the country.”

Also, a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Wahab Shittu, who is a Muslim, said the directive by the university authorities had no foundation in the country’s constitution, stressing that it should be challenged immediately.

Shittu said, “Clearly, it is a violation of the constitutional provision, permitting freedom of association. There is no fundamental right that can derogate from that on grounds of public safety. The fundamental rights of the students to freely associate and express their views have been violated directly by that directive.

By virtues of the constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, there is nothing to suggest that the directive can be accommodated in any of the exceptions or derogation from the fundamental rights as contained in the constitution. The directive is constitutional, null and void; it is ultra vires and it should be challenged.”

[Punch NG]

15 thoughts on “Islamic University Bans Christian Groups On Campus, Permits Muslim Students In Katsina

  1. The university of Umar Musa Yaradua in katsina is a public institution and not a privately owned institution by any muslim cleric in the country and for that reason it should be freely opened for all aspiring student to acquire skillful education regardless of their religious affiliation. With this thoughtless resolution emanating from the top muslim body in that university,it is however very clear and also confirmed people’s claim that the current administration is trying to islamize the country. The chief law officer, the Attorney General of Federation should swiftly respond to this mindless resolution in that university which is clearly a taunt and an affront to other religious organisation in the country. The move is unconstitutional and a violation of freedom of association and the right to education. the christian organisation of nigeria along with other religious body should rise against this injustice and should quickly respond to challenge this unconstitutional resolution in the law court,if not we should prepare for the worse.

  2. You’ve said it all #Endurance
    It’s not a new thing that the islamic religion always wants to take over by force and with full violence, that’s majority of what they are known for.
    If the institution is not a privately owned one but rather is owned by the government, then why the religious segregation then? The government really need to come in before we start hearing of killings Cos that’s surely the next step they’ll take

  3. This primitive attitude will never cease to come out, what will this shit give them? It is difficult to think one Nigeria when some human “crumbs” are dead ready to carry out the will of their father; lucifer. Intolerance is propelled by evil spirits, luciferous mother fuckers will always obey the call of their father.

  4. I HAVE NO idea why these dirty “Things“ called ****** feels so important and supreme to other people and religion?

    WHY NURSE so much hatred, animosity, discrimination, segregation, division, aspertion towards other religions especially the Christians?
    What a divisionists!!!
    Who the hell do they even think they are, if I may ask?

    I take a stroll…

  5. If it is called Islamic University, Christians should stay away, unless they are studying Islamic religious studies. We don’t need unnecessary tension and controversy. They should attend Christian universities or other secular institutions. Nigeria has enough problems, as it is.

  6. where are the likes of National association of Nigeria students?where is aluta zangaruwa,where is olasupo kazeem,where is wole baglo and where is waziri,Nigerian Youths rise up to these challenges,these old folks has finished Nigeria integrity both home and abroad,we should rise up to face these people,if we keep mute,believe me,Nigeria cant be great again,we should rise up and ready to sacrifice our life for incoming generations ,Both APC AND PDP has nothing good to offer us anymore,they only fighting for their personal pockets,

  7. WHAT AMAZES me the more is that after seeing all this oppressive, suppressive, intolerant, anf unacommodating nature of Islam, some people would still come out to say Islam is peace. Well, maybe I should henceforth agree with them: where there are few Moslems in relation to other religions, they maintain peace. But where they outnumber others, they oppress and suppress, and intimidate and main…all in the name of a supervicious Allah. Even God is a tolerant God. Why, then, is Islam unacommodative.

    COME TO THINK of it, Katsina State is PMB’ state.


  9. A very Irresponsible and inexperienced person who has just been appointed an Acting Dean of Students affairs was responsible for this mess. He issued out the Memo without an authorization, more over students are still on vacation there was nobody in the school when he fixed the Memo, for whatever reason he knows better, it is now up to the University Management to decide what to do with him, because this type of people are dangerous to a Respectful institution like UMYU. The truth of the matter is that The Management of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University (UMYU)gives respect and recognition to the right to association and freedom of religious activities by all, including Christian students, as enshrined in Nigerian laws, (See rejoinder in the Daily Trust of January 24th 2017)


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