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BN Hot Topic: Was this Christian School Right or Wrong in Rejecting a Muslim Corps Member?



BN Hot Topic: Was this Christian School Right or Wrong in Rejecting a Muslim Corps Member | BellaNaija

The impact of religion on our country people is undeniably powerful. It should surprise no one that something like this is happening.

The question is: is it right or wrong?

A school in Abuja rejected a corps member who was posted there on the grounds of his religion.

The carefully worded letter, dated April 3rd, 2014, indicated that the corps member was rejected on the basis of his faith, adding that the school “would want him to be able to express himself freely”.

Some have stated that they see nothing wrong as the school is a Christian school and the corps member may have found teaching there uncomfortable. The rejection may be to the guy’s benefit, they say.

Others have said denying someone employment on the basis of their religion is discrimination, and should not be permitted in a sane society.

What do you think?


  1. LOL

    February 6, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    This is why every school ought to have a legal adviser either as a member of its board or based on a contract. That letter should have simply said that thy were rejecting him because he was not suitable for them and they should request a replacement. They have no obligation to disclose to NYSC their reason for rejecting him.

  2. Mama

    February 6, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    It is discriminatory. It isn’t different from rejecting someone on the basis of ethnicity, gender etc. C’mon, this is NYSC. People should be able to serve their country in any institution. Why not let the corp member be the judge of whether he is able to express himself freely or not. How do you make that decision on his/her behalf? This is how we lose good people because we can not see or reason beyond our own prejudice. Everything in Nigeria is based on some type of division. The school should ask themselves, is that what Jesus would have done?

  3. Cocolette

    February 6, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Well it makes sense since it is a faith based school. The corper doesn’t share their core value so…
    If I was posted to a Muslim school I would definitely feel out of place and would like to be posted elsewhere

  4. Ajala & Foodie

    February 6, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Yep, in saner climes, this is discrimination. They even put it into writing…ah ah. In another country, dude will not even need NYSC. He will be getting PAID!!!!. It is Nigeria so nothing will happen. It is in circumstances like this I understand why the US had to have separation of Church and State. Things like this is exactly what they are trying to avoid.

  5. Wendy

    February 6, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    “What do you think?”

    Are you really asking for our thoughts? Like you actually want us to type comments, or you just put that line up out of tradition? ??? well, thing is if I type a ‘hot take’ on this topic now, by the time it gets posted so the conversation can start or continue, the comment have become a ‘iced take’ inside your moderator freezer…. and frankly who has time for that? Y’all forgot that the interactive part of the comment section was the whole point of this website. If I wanted to read stale news headlines, I’ll just scroll my Facebook timeline.

    • Mama

      February 7, 2019 at 1:14 am

      I don’t know what has happened to BN. The more we highlight the delay in releasing comments, the more deaf they act. There was a time when BN was the first page I opened in the morning. I really enjoy reading other people’s opinions and sharing mine. But this blog has become a shadow of its former self. It is close to election and we’re not even able to have serious conversations about it. If the comments rules have changed, I think we the blog visitors deserve some explanation as to they’re held up for hours. There’s no need just uploading more posts when no one is responding.

  6. Tapestry

    February 6, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Totally agree with LOL.
    What a naive reply.. Unprofessional. Not at all enlightened.
    What are they teaching them in that school when the adults can’t even seek help and legal advice?
    They would be sued if in America, Europe etc.

  7. Passerby

    February 6, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Where are all the spiritual moral high horse Christians? Because if this were a Muslim school this post would be flooded with comments by now…

    • Curious

      February 6, 2019 at 9:39 pm

      Now that you raised the issue …are you saying if the cases were reversed and a Christian dude or pagan was post to a strictly Muslim school….they would accept and allow him freedom?

      The other Friday I had a meeting at Royal arts academy….and it was amazing to see our our calm Muslim brothers lined up infront of people’s compound gates blocking their entrance… They even lined up infront of the “grail centre” building….can other religions do that infront of a mosque?

    • Californiabawlar

      February 6, 2019 at 9:55 pm

      ???? when was the last time you saw a flooded comment section on BN? Alasodun ?

  8. Elle

    February 6, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    This was in 2014 by the way…why are we digging up old news?

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