The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked the State Government to withdraw its directive to stop morning prayers in schools.
The Cross River state had earlier issued a letter to all school, primary and secondary, ordering the suspension of morning and afternoon devotions. The letter was written by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education in the state, Mrs Anne Odey.
Here is the statement from the CAN state chairman, Archbishop Joseph Edra Ukpo, yesterday, calling on the state government to immediately withdraw the directive as it negated freedom of worship in the state.
“Sequel to the letter from the Ministry of Education with reference No MOE/S132/VOL 1, by the Permanent Sectary of the Ministry of Education dated October 21, directing public and private primary/secondary schools across the state to suspend all assemblies (morning and afternoon) till further notice, the Christian Association of Nigeria , Cross River State chapter, hereby, says that such directive is totally unacceptable. This directive will negatively affect the moral upbringing of our children who are future leaders of this country.”However when contacted, Mrs Odey said that the directive emanated from the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Henry Fadairo, in view of prevailing security concerns in the country, adding that it was not the state government that was trying to stop the age long practice established by missionaries who established most of the schools in the state.