- CAN has taken the federal government to task for allegedly making Arabic language compulsory for candidates who sat for the Nigeria Police Force aptitude test
The association described the alleged occurrence as another dirty slap on the 1999 Constitution and a deliberate attempt to undermine Christians – The body is demanding evidence of cancellation of the examination and fixing of date for a retake within 72 hours The federal government has been chided by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for allegedly making Arabic language compulsory in the aptitude test conducted last week for all applicants shortlisted for recruitment into Nigeria Police Force, Vanguard reports. The organisation made its position on the matter public, in a statement released by its national president, Rev Samson Ayokunle, on Thursday, May 31. NAIJ.com notes that CAN called for the cancellation of the aptitude test which was organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in 156 centres nationwide. According to the association, it is a violation of the Constitution and the secular nature of the country, to mandate both Christians and Muslims to answer questions in Arabic language. READ ALSO: Minister Mohammed taunts PDP, releases Buhari’s achievements It stated: “The just concluded Nigeria Police entrance examination using JAMB Computer based test (CBT) where Arabic language (the official Islamic language) was made compulsory for Muslims and Christians alike is another dirty slap on the 1999 Constitution (as amended). “To many Christian youths who sat for that examination, the display of the Arabic language questions came as a rude shock. Many could not recover from the setback until JAMB logged them out of the CBT platform; obviously achieving the aim of the Islamic extremists who are hell bent on fostering their religion and culture on the Nigeria Police Force. “While it is true that in some Police examination centers, some officiating officers advised the candidates to ignore the Arabic language questions; but that again ran contrary to the examination instructions wherein a candidate was required to answer 180 questions viz- Use of English 60, Arabic language 40, Fine Arts 40, and Agriculture 40 hence summing up the 180 questions each candidate is required to answer. “This deliberate attempt to undermine Christians in Nigeria leaves so many questions as to the unity of the nation. The most appropriate action is to cancel the exams and conduct a fresh one devoid of controversies. “It will be wrong for the president of Nigeria (who swore to defend both the Christians and Muslims alike) to turn around to allow his appointees seek to divide the nation through their actions. “If the president can allow this affront now and he is still seeking the vote of Christians for a second term we do not trust he will keep us alive if he ascends that throne for another four years. “CAN demands evidence of cancellation of the examination and fixing of date for a retake within 72 hours of this notice. Else, the Christian community in Nigeria will have no choice than embark on other measures to seek redress of this national insult. “We also demand evidence of the withdrawal of Arabic language as a compulsory elective for management science studies in tertiary institutions from National Universities Commission, NUC.” PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news app This development comes following a report by NAIJ.com, that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Saturday, May 26, refuted the rumour which claimed that candidates for the Police recruitment exercise sat for an examination in Arabic. The spokesperson of the exam body, Fabian Benjamin, said JAMB examined the candidates in the English Language only, and that no one wrote examinations in any other subject or language.