‘Islamic Education has contributed to development of Nigeria’

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Islamic school for girls and young women in Kano The implementation of Islamic Sharia Law across the twelve northern states of Nigeria, centres upon Kano, the largest Muslim Husa city, under the feudal, political and economic rule of the Emir of Kano. Islamic Sharia Law is enforced by official state apparatus including military and police, Islamic schools and education, plus various volunteer Militia groups supported financially and politically by the Emir and other business and political bodies. Fanatical Islamic Sharia religious traditions are enforced by the Hispah Sharia police. Deliquancy is controlled by the Vigilantes volunteer Militia. Activities such as Animist Pagan Voodoo ceremonies, playing music, drinking and gambling, normally outlawed under Sharia law exist as many parts of the rural and urban areas are controlled by local Mafia, ghetto gangs and rural hunters. The fight for control is never ending between the Emir, government forces, the Mafia and independent militias and gangs. This is fueled by rising petrol costs, and that 70% of the population live below the poverty line. Kano, Kano State, Northern Nigeria, Africa

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The National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) has said that the government should support the learning and teaching of Arabic and Islamic studies in Nigerian schools.

In a communiqué issued after a two-day stakeholders meeting in Kaduna on Thursday and signed by the Chairman, Conference Communiqué Committee, Professor Muhammad Awwal Umar said Arabic and Islamic Education has contributed to the development of Nigeria.

While noting that the board has the statutory mandate of mainstreaming of Arabic-Islamic education schools as well as Islamiyyah schools into formal education system, he appreciated the approval granted by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for NBAIS to become a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Education.

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He said the conference observed that NBAIS experienced critical challenges of recognition in the past saying, as an examination body, NBAIS is bound to face challenges associated with test administration.

“Government should continue to support the learning and teaching of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Nigerian schools and the necessary mechanisms should be put in place to enable NBAIS to execute its mandate as full-fledged independent examination body,” he said.


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