Christians kick against police ban on school devotion

Christians kick against police ban on school devotion

Yvonne Williams

The Christian Association of Nigeria has faulted the Police’s order suspending assembly devotion in primary and secondary schools nationwide.

The association described the received the exercise as unacceptable.
The Police was said to have had an intelligence report that pupils might be targeted by insurgents during the exercise.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, had confirmed the security report on Thursday, saying the Police and other security agencies were working to thwart any threat to schools across the country.

She said, “I can confirm that morning devotion has been suspended in primary and secondary schools, following an intelligence report that such gatherings may be targeted by insurgents.

“We are working with other security agencies to frustrate any attack on schools and other public facilities; Nigerians should go about their business without any fear and they should also contact the nearest security agency if they have any useful information.”

Reacting to the development in an interview with the Punch on Saturday, the General Secretary of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake, dismissed the report as having an ulterior motive.

He said, “We have already issued a press release. That is just as excuse and we don’t understand it. What threats are in the schools? If they are talking of public gathering, is the gathering only in schools? And how many schools have been bombed while they (the pupils) are holding assembly?

“Churches have been bombed; mosques have been bombed, we have never had such experience with schools. So, please, whoever that is coming with that law should tell us the truth. There is something behind it and we are not accepting it.”

Asake, who said CAN was unaware of the motive behind the order, said the association knew it was not normal.

“We have been living like this; children are enjoying worshipping their God, praying to God over the activities of the day, but someone just wakes up and says that (the stoppage) it is for security reason.

“We are all Nigerians living in this insecure situation. Again, I emphasise, we have never heard of bomb thrown to pupils on the assembly. Why are they (Police) beginning there? Let them begin at the right place. They know where the right place is.”

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