Abuja, 29 June, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) have expressed their reservations about a bill that seeks to regulate Christian education in the country, including what is taught in Seminaries and in other Christian Theological Institutions.
The Bill seeks to establish a National Council for Christian Education, which will develop, approve and regulate syllabuses at all levels of Christian education in the West African nation.
The Bill proposes that the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Council, as well as nine other members of the board be appointed by the President of Nigeria from the five blocs of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in rotational and alphabetical order.
According to the Catholic Bishops, the bill is “unnecessary and impracticable” and it may not serve Nigeria’s diverse doctrinal differences.
Additionally, CBCN members say in a statement shared with ACI Africa on Wednesday, June 28, top officials of the council who are to be appointed by the head of State may not serve the interests of Christians in Nigeria.