Poor teaching of religions responsible for hate speeches-CITAD

Poor teaching of religions responsible for hate speeches-CITAD

From left-right: Dr. Moses Aluagba , Mal. Ibrahim Muazzam and Dr. Aminu Aliyu, during the public presentation of the book in Kano

Poor teaching of Christian and Islamic religions at school levels has been blamed for the proliferation of hate speeches across the adherents of the two dominant religions in the country.

Executive Director Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), Y. Z. Ya’u made the observation in Kano while answering questions at  the public presentation of the book titled ‘’Understanding community resilience in the context of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’’ by CITAD in collaboration with the United States Institute of Peace.

He said one of the things that weakens ‘’social cohesion’’ being one of the mechanisms for confronting aggressive tendencies at community levels is the element of hate speeches exchanged among the adherents of the two faiths.

He said ‘’labelling adherents of a particular faith as infidels (arna) and those of the other faith as Boko Haram or jihadists needs to be taken serious. We need to think about those terms that set us apart. We should think about communication that eliminates the walls that divide us.

‘’We should also think about the way we even teach our religions. It has been observed that both Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Religious Studies are taught by people who do not even understand the religions. Once there is no properly qualified person you say ah! Your name is Aminu come and teach Islamic studies, your name is Joseph come and teach CRK. We have people who do not understand religion training our own children’’ he lamented.

He called for synergy between security agencies and the public through sharing of relevant information to be able to fight insurgency and other similar acts of terrorism in the country to a logical conclusion.

He emphasised that some communities in the North East were able to withstand the insurgents’ attack because they were able to rally round each other on trust irrespective ethno-religious differences.

He urged Nigerians to be security conscious and to always live in peace and harmony with one another irrespective of the etho-religious differences.