By Muhammed Madugu
We went to Bingham University Karu, a private University on 10 October 2017 at 11am to find out about their admissions for 2017/2018 sessions. We were directed to a lady (name withheld) for enquiries. First question was is it possible for a non Christian to apply for admission and study in your institution? The lady answered yes, but the student must attend Church service, as it’s compulsory. We said we know, but we are Muslims, she said again with emphasis Church attendance is compulsory for every student of the University including non Christians. We thanked her and left.
Why we’re surprised about this is the fact that in JAMB criteria for gaining admission into any Nigerian university, private or Government we couldn’t locate where religion, gender, ethnicity, race or even nationality could be an impediment to securing admission. Accepting admissions condition automatically means changing your faith.
We do understand that Universities owned by Religious bodies shall promote the teachings of their faith and would like students to adhere strictly to their tenets. But the university students are adults whose minds have already been made, they are no longer kids that you can force to do your bidding. But the reason we find it absurd is the University offers courses in almost all disciplines of human endeavour, from engineering to law and so on, not only on theology. These students being trained will one day after graduation obviously work in places outside the Church. What knowledge of diversity shall they be taking away from the University ? None!!
Nigerians go outside the country in search of knowledge, some to Eastern Europe, Asia, Middle East, parts of Africa etc. Most of the universities except military admit students to study in any chosen fields without hiccups unlike Bingham University. We wonder as Nigerians troop into Dubai universities and are allowed to study and practice any religion freely without discrimination, yet in their own country the reverse is the case.
We will advise the Hon Minister of Education to be intimated about this sad denials of non Christian from studying in this university.