An internal memo released by the management of Katsina State University has caused nationwide uproar on social media.
The reason for the uproar? The institution recognized Muslim Students Society Of Nigeria (MSSN) as the ONLY religious association allowed to operate in the university.
While some people on social media have tried to rationalize and justify the decision of the institution, others are asking what happened to Section 38 of the Nigerian Constitution.
A lawyer, Samuel C. Chukwu Esq. took to his Facebook page to express his views on the memo. “The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion is a Constitutional one and should be upheld, as guaranteed by Section 38 of our Constitution. The only exception to that rule is any secret sect or cult” he wrote.
“Why should only MSSN be singled out in a government-owned institution? (I have nothing against the group though, but there are other religious groups in the school).
“Secondly, there is a right to FREEDOM FROM DISCRIMINATION based on religion (Section 42 of the 1999 Constitution).
“If this was a sincere misunderstanding, then it should be corrected. However, if it is deliberately intended, let the architects of this memo be reminded that there is no National Religion in Nigeria.”
He called on the Catholic, Protestant and other allied groups in the school to do what they can to speak against this anomaly, before it becomes gangrenous.
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