Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has strongly criticised the Akwa Ibom State government for directing secondary schools in the state to go ahead with SSII promotional examinations, despite the public holiday declared by the federal government for Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
The Islamic group, in a statement issued on Tuesday by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, described the action of the state government as “arrogant, insensitive, and intolerant”.
“The government of Akwa Ibom State is fully aware that there is a remarkable percentage of Muslim population made up of both indigenes and non-indigenes in the state,” he said in the statement.
“The children of these Muslims are in Akwa Ibom schools.
“We strongly condemn the state government’s decision to hold examinations during a Muslim festival and on a public holiday.
“We wonder what the reactions and comments will be if a core Northern state should do something similar on Christmas day.”
Hassan Sadauki, president of Hausa community in Akwa Ibom, said some private schools in the state had exempted Muslim students from the examinations.