Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has spoken on the intervention by the green chamber on the merging of Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Religious Studies in school curriculum.
He said the House aligned with the nation’s constitution which guaranteed the right of all citizens to freedom of religion and choice.
Gbaja, as fondly called, insisted that merging the two religious subjects and making it compulsory for students was unfair.
Gbajabiamila (APC – Surulere) spoke on Sunday at a Town Hall meeting with the principals and parents in his constituency.
“The House of Representatives has taken a position against the merging of CRK/IRS because it is not supported by the constitution.
“The Constitution, as a matter of fact, guarantees the freedom of everyone to choose and practise the religion of one’s choice.
“So, we think students should be given the freedom to choose to take either IRK/CRK based on his or her religious conviction or interest. So it should be optional.
“Also, students should be allowed to take either of the two subjects irrespective of their religion if they are interested,” he said.
He commended the principals and teachers for the job they were doing to improve the lives of children put in their care.
Gbaja appealed to parents and guardians to continue to support their children and wards in their educational careers so that they could excel.
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigerian, CAN, has reacted to the reinstatement of CRK and IRK as independent subjects.