By Suzan Edeh
Bauchi State government has intervened in the dispute between the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi Foundation over Qur’anic recitation of Tsangaya Schools across the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Professor Haruna Danwanka, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, said the government was deeply concerned over the lingering crisis between the renown Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, and SUBEB on the mode of curriculum in Tsangaya schools.
He said the government waded into the matter, with a view to finding a lasting solution to the dispute.
According to Danwanka, “the lingering dispute between the Islamic scholar and SUBEB on the mode of curriculum in Tsangaya School is unnecessary and uncalled for, hence government has step into the matter and will come up with ways to address the problem.
“Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has directed that both parties stay neutral and calm until a committee is constituted with a view to finding an amicable solution to this unfortunate incident.”
In a swift reaction, the National Director, Media and Publicity of Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi Foundation, Ahmad Saka, commended the government for its effort to address the dispute, but said: “There is no issue between SUBEB and Sheikh Bauchi concerning the mode of curriculum in Tsangaya Schools.
“The upheaval was caused by an interference of the government agency by a group called Izala People in SUBEB and the stoppage of recitation of Wazifah and Salatul Fatih, a Quaranic recitation, by SUBEB, which all Muslims and followers of Tijjaniyyah in the state felt violated their freedom of religion.
“They suspended the principal of the school concerned and did not post him anywhere.
“They also sent a letter barring recitation of Qur’anic of school and denied Sheikh Dahiru slots of admission in the school during the last academic session, which was not fair.”
Saka appealed to the government to return to them their school and to stop all government agencies from interfering in the activities of the school in the interest of peace, justice and fairness.
Also reacting to the matter, the SUBEB Chairman, Professor Yahaya Yaro, told journalists that the board barred teaching of Wazifah and recitation of Salatul Fatihi because of the complains they received from parents and it was not in the curriculum of the Tsangaya School.