Muslims, under the aegis of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) have criticised the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for allowing part of its examination clash with the Friday Jummat prayer.
In the time-table for 2018 May/June Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE), candidates will write Chemistry paper from 2pm to 5pm on Friday, April 20.
The Muslim Friday prayers usually hold between 1:30 pm to 3pm.
The council released the timetable a week ago to principals of various schools to make it available to the students.
According to the time-table, the examination is scheduled to start on March 27 and end on May 15, 2018.
Speaking on the Chemistry exam, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, president of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), said the timetable was an “injustice” against Muslims, whom he claimed had become “endangered species.”
According to him, “when there is no justice, there can never be peace and everyone is clamouring for peace.”
He noted that WAEC had fixed examinations during Jummat sessions for some years and Muslim leaders discussed with the council in 2016 and 2017.
“Until something starts happening, until the Muslims start disrupting WAEC examination, until Muslims start tearing WAEC examination materials, that is when government will start paying attention.
“WAEC is playing games and they want the Muslims to make noise every year, the council is deliberately provoking Muslims and it has continued to show itself as a consistent anti-Muslim institution,” he said.
Continuing, he said: “Section 38 sub-sections 1 and 2 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Constitution stipulates that there must be freedom of worship and WAEC fixing an examination for 2pm simply means that WAEC does not want Muslims to worship, therefore WAEC is an oppressor and we are ready for them.
“The Muslims in every vicinity of the exam can mobilise on the day of the examination and go to the schools which the exams will be written; we are sending this warning to WAEC not to dare it.”
According to him, fixing a major subject at Jummat time “is illegal, unconstitutional and unlawful.”