The Governor of Cross River state, Ben Ayade has ordered that no public or private primary and secondary school in the state should hold morning or afternoon prayers.Bear in mind that many of the public schools in the state were established by Christian missionaries, as the directive came on the heels of a prevailing security concerns in the country.
He also directed that all teachers with effect from next year must be in suits during official hours.
The directive which was sent to all zonal heads in the state said, “the ministry hereby directs all public and private primary and secondary schools across the state to suspend all assemblies (morning and afternoon) till further notice.”
All school heads were directed to comply strictly or risk sanctions.
In a reaction, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) signed by Archbishop J. E. Ukpo and Apostle Iwara Oleh Obeten, state chairman and secretary respectively, said such directive was completely unacceptable, adding that it would negatively affect the upbringing of children.
CAN urged the state government to immediately withdraw the directive.