The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has accused the Director of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof. Ishaq Akinola, of disrupting the registration for its examinations in some secondary schools.
However, MURIC has said that the accusation by a Deputy Registrar of the examination council, Mr. Henry S.A. Osidehinde, amounted to threats against Prof. Akintola.
A statement on Monday by MURIC stated that the Deputy Registrar issued the threat during a WAEC seminar for teachers held at the council’s headquarters in Ogba, Lagos on the 14th of March, 2019.
According to the statement signed by the General Secretary of MURIC, Alhaji Yakeen Williams and the Public Relations Officer, Shafiu Ayorinde, the WAEC official allegedly said: “Even in Nigeria we are becoming over religious. We are becoming holier than Pope and holier than the man in Saudi Arabia, that someone like Prof. Ishaq Akintola will now be going to schools and disrupting places because of free time. We need to stop this.
“I mention this because it is getting too much and I expect the Lagos State Government to take proper action against Akintola. He went to a school and disrupted the examination registration exercise there. I have the video here. No, don’t threaten an institution that belongs to the government.”
MURIC expressed shock at the threat issued by the Deputy Registrar of the examination council.
“This is nauseating. A Christian reverend holding a high post in such a sensitive institution nurses such pernicious ideas against a fellow human being. Where is his Christlikeness? It is sad that there are many like him in the civil service.
“We cannot take Mr. Osidehinde’s threat against our Director lightly. It is outrageous. How can a whole Deputy Registrar in WAEC office talk like that? He has simply proved that he is a Christian fanatic. How can you wish a fellow Nigerian should disappear permanently? He must explain all these to the authorities,” MURIC responded.
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