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Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation trains Arabic, Islamic teachers on religious extremism prevention

Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Muslim Peace Network, has trained Arabic and Islamic teachers in Kaduna schools on preventing religious extremism.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the one-day training, under the NGO’s ‘Community Initiatives to Promote Peace’ (CIPP), was sponsored by Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP).

Speaking at the training in Kaduna, the Executive Director of the NGO, Imam Hussain Makanjuola, said the training was aimed at peace building.
He said the reverse of peaceful coexistence most times as caused by religious extremism, is conceived by students in Arabic schools from the teachings of their teachers.

Defining religious extremism as ideologies and teachings that oppose fundamental values of the society, Makanjuola noted the importance of checkmating Arabic and Islamic teachers on what and how they teach their students regarding religion.

He lamented that religious extremism had generated so much violence resulting in damage and chaos in many societies in the state and Nation at large.

He noted that religious extremism would continue to be a problem in the society if all and sundry fail to wake up and take responsibility in ensuring their contributions in one way or the other in curbing it.

Makanjuola further said the training would ensure that teachers step it down to their students by inculcating peace into their hearts while associating and living with people of divergent religions in their various communities and schools.

He restated the importance of knowledge of peace in the hearts of students, especially youths, who he described as future leaders, to make the society violent free. He called on the Government, through the appropriate agencies, to ensure Arabic and Islamic school’s curriculum are in line with teachings devoid of selfish interest and hate for one another. He also called for checkmating of preachers, to ensure that societies are free of toxic minds.

Also, Malam Abdulhakeem Sani, a board member of the NGO, said extremism is a very sensitive issue, which has social vices and economic impediments as attributes.

He said the objective of training the teachers was to ensure they teach religion correctly to the students especially at their early ages so as they become what the society is desirable of.

One of the participants, Malam Imran Abdulkadir, an Arabic teacher at Darul Hikmah Madarasatul Islamiyya Wal Ijliziyya, said the training was in the right direction towards cushioning and minimising the rate of religious extremism in societies.

He also called on the Government to ensure proper screening and checking of religions schools to avoid breeding of extremists which are counter peaceful and development to the society

He stressed the importance of applying knowledge in curbing religious extremism, no matter how deep it had eaten into the society.

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