The Katsina State University has barred Christian, tribal and local government areas’ associations from operating within the institution’s environment.
In an internal memo directive dated January 17, 2017 and signed by the Acting Dean of Students’ Affairs Department, Dr. Sulaiman Sani Kankara, the school’s authorities said that the “Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) is the only religious association allowed to operate in the university. “
The memo titled Re: “Registration of Students Club/Association” read in part; “Reference to the memo sent to you on the above subject matter intimating you on the management’s resolution on its 59th meeting held on 10th January, 2017, I wish to make the following clarifications.
“Participation in clubs and associations is strictly optional, as such no student should be compelled to pay any dues.
“Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) is the only religious association allowed to operate in the university.
“Duly registered departmental associations are allowed to operate but they should observe item one above.
“All tribal and local government associations are prohibited by the university.”
Expectedly, Nigerians reacted with disgust at the Islamisation of the ivory tower, averring that the university authorities have exhibited their religious bigotry.
A human rights activist, Mr. Fidelis Njoku who reacted to the memo called on all none Muslims to distance themselves from the institution. He pointed out that with such policy the university cannot offer well-rounded education.
“No matter how few Christians in Katisna are the government is directly depriving them of their fundamental right of association which is enshrined in the constitution. The government is directly serving notice to Christians in the state that they are not welcome in the state. This is a disaster in the making, it must be challenged in court,” he said