Tension After Katsina Secondary School Students Burn Churches Over Exam Questions

An examination turned violent after youths in Katsina attacked two churches over what they called ‘blasphemous’ exam questions.

Debates are still raging following the burning of two churches in Katsina by students protesting allegedly ‘blasphemous’ exam questions set by a corps member.

These were the ‘blasphemous’ questions:

·Mohammed is mentally unbalanced, So you should be ___________ of his behaviour. (a) tolerant (b) unintelligible (c) indefinite (d) illegible

·Aminatu was ________ and it was not clear to me what she meant. (a) unknown (b) unintelligible (c) indefinite (d) illegible.”

Some irate Muslim youths attacked two churches, St Theresa Catholic Church and Celestial Church of Christ, in Funtua town of Katsina State.

The Reverend Father’s lodge at St Theresa Catholic Church, Katsina Road and properties belonging to the Celestial Church of Christ at Tudun Malamai were set ablze in protest.

Spokesman of Katsina State command of NSCDC, Aliyu Jamilu told the News Issue Magazine that the youth went on rampage over alleged defamation of Prophet Muhammad.

“A corp member serving with a secondary school, in setting exams questions, made some reference to Muhammad and Amina. These youths felt he was trying to defame Prophet Muhammad and so went on rampage,” Jamilu said.

There is still tension in Funtua town even as security agents have been deployed to maintain order.

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