Niger State Juma’at Mosques Imams Forum has appealed to examination bodies in the country to address the unfair manner Muslim candidates were denied freedom of worship during examinations.
This was contained in a letter of complaint signed by the forum Chairman, Sheikh Ibrahim Isah Fari and Secretary, Dr Umar Farooq Abdullahi, a copy of which was made available to Nigerian Pilot Saturday in Minna yesterday.
The letter of complaint with the heading ‘Complaint Against Fixture of WAEC, NECO and NABTEB Examinations at Prayer Times /Sallah Days’ was sent to the Minister, Federal Ministry of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu.
The letter urged the minister to avail himself with copies of the referred exams bodies timetables drawn at various times in conflict with Muslims prayer times ,as the forum has received several complaints and grievances from the Muslim Ummah against such schedules and urged him to make necessary changes.
They pointed out that NECO timetable in 2015 Nov/Dec commenced on Monday, October 26, 2015 and ended on Friday December 4, 2015 while NABTEB did same by scheduling examinations at the same prayer period as well on Sallah day, describing it as unfair to Muslims because exams are never written on Sundays or on Christmas day.
According to the forum, Fridays, especially the hours between 12 noon and 4 to 5 pm, Eid-el Fitri whole day, Eid-el Kabir three days from Eid day and Eid-el Maulud day should be considered and exams should not be held on those days of the year.
The forum has assured to continue ensuring Imams and scholars address and enlighten the masses on the need for a peaceful and harmonious coexistence of the society through good preaching, and sermon.
The letter was copied to President Buhari, National Assembly, Northern Governor’s Forum, Niger State governor, Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs and Traditional rulers as well as other relevant bodies.

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