Despite saying “All Students,” Katsina University says religious memo was for Muslims only

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Despite addressing its memo to “All Students, Clubs &
Associations,” the administration of Umaru Yar’Ádua University in Katsina, has
denied discriminating against non-Muslim students in a recent memo.

The memo dated January 17, 2017 had stated: “Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) is the only religious association
allowed to operate on campus.”

It was sent out in the name of
the acting Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Sulaiman Kankara, as a new guideline
for the registration of clubs and associations on campus.

The memo went viral on social media, and the university came under attack for religious intolerance to non-Muslim students.

The school authority however says the memo was addressing
Islamic groups which were beginning to spring up on campus, creating division
among students of the same faith.
 “Actually there is
one misconception in the memo. But the fact of the matter is that in Umaru
Yar’Ádua University, there is no association known as Christian Students

“There is one religious association and subsidiary Islamic
students associations like the Tijjanniya Students Movement in Nigeria,
Academic Forum of Islamic Movement in Nigeria and many associations like that.
“They are Islamic students association. So what we want is
to have a single union which will be the mouthpiece of Muslim students and that
is the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria.
“It has nothing to do with any Christian group because up
till now, I have not received any application requesting registration of
Christian Students Society.
“And once they do that, we are ready to register them. Even
as at last week, we said the two religious group to be recognized by the
university will be the Muslim one and one from Christian side.

“Up till now we are yet to receive any application for the
registration of any Christian association in the university from any group.”
The memo stated the following four points:
1. participation in clubs and associations, including departmental ones, were strictly optional and that no student should be compelled to pay dues.
2. Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) is the only religious association allowed to operate in the University
3. Duly registered Departmental Associations should be allowed to operate, but they should observe item (1) above.
4. All Tribal and Local Government Associations are prohibited by the University


  1. Only Muslims students can have religious clups that's bullshit man.
    Even I'm muslim and I don't accept this kind of things..it's just unacceptable from school. Shame on them.

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