Nigerian Muslims have hailed President Muhammadu Buhari's recommendation of adding Islamic books to public secondary schools' curriculum, adding that such isolated step would not end what they described as longstanding and systemic decimation against Islamic studies in government-funded schools.
"Much as that may be a step in the right direction, there is need for more action. You would be shocked if you know how many schools don't have Islamic Studies teachers in Lagos State, for example," Muslim Teachers Association of Nigeria (MUTAN) told OnIslam.net in an exclusive reaction to Buhari asking federal schools to include two books by a renown late jurist Bashir Sambo in secondary school curriculum.
"At times you find only one teacher taking the subject in a complex of four schools.
"Islamic Religious Studies (IRS) teachers aren't being recruited. The pool of teachers employed by former Governor Lateef Jakande (1983) are retiring without any replacement. So there's need for recruitment of teachers of IRS by states," Muslim Teachers Association added.
President of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria Kamil Kalejaiye says the president recommending textbooks on Islamic teachings does not address the challenges facing Muslim parents and their children in public schools.
"The recommendation of Islamic text in federal government schools does not address the problem of deliberate denial of Muslim students the study of Islamic religious studies in secondary schools throughout the federation," Kalejaiye told OnIslam.net.