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  • Updated: April 25, 2024

Kukah expresses concerns over growing ethnic, religious biases in Nigerian universities

Kukah expresses concerns over growing ethnic, religious bias

Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah| Photo Source: Daily Post

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah has expressed grave concerns over the growing ethnic and religious biases in Nigerian universities. 

Kukah, who spoke when he appeared on AriseTV on Thursday, lamented the decline of diversity and meritocracy in these institutions, particularly in Northern Nigeria, warning of far-reaching consequences for the nation's social cohesion and progress.

Kukah's remarks were prompted by the contrasting experiences he had during his recent engagements with universities in different parts of the country. 

He recalled delivering a convocation lecture at the University of Calabar three weeks ago, where he was warmly received by the Chief Imam of the university. 

However, this welcoming gesture stood in stark contrast to the stark reality in Northern Nigeria, where universities have reportedly shut their doors to the possibility of building churches on their campuses.

The bishop specifically highlighted the cases of Usman Dan Fodio University and Bayero University, both in Northern Nigeria, which have allegedly refused to allow the construction of churches within their premises. 

This, he argued, is a worrying trend that reflects the growing fanaticism and intolerance in the country.
Kukah said: “A mosque was constructed at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. I delivered a convocation lecture in Calabar three weeks ago. After my lecture, the Chief Imam of the University came to congratulate me.

“But as I speak to you, Usman Dan Fodio, who is over 40 years old, Bayero University, and other universities in Northern Nigeria have decided to close their doors to the possibility of churches being built in the universities across this country.

“All this fanaticism we are seeing is expressed in public life. If students in the university or at the point of their growing up are not allowed to integrate and interrelate, and if churches or mosques cannot be built across this country, then there is a problem.”

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