The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has denied claims that Arabic was made compulsory in the recent police recruitment examination, noting that the subject was included as a dummy.
The JAMB registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, on Monday, June 11, told the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) who visited him at the board’s headquarters in Abuja that no candidate was instructed or made to forcibly attempt any question in Arabic.
According to him, the exam questions were set by workers who are Christians and that the Arabic questions were included as dummies.
JAMB also explained that the examination was administered by some senior Christian staff among whom it disclosed, was a “deacon in one of the largest Pentecostal churches in the country.”
According to him, “The examination questions were incidentally set and administered by the directorate staff of the board, among who incidentally is a deacon in one of the largest Pentecostal churches in Nigeria”.
The JAMB boss also said that he was concerned over the enormous division among the various faiths in the country.
He said; “I am worried over the misrepresentation of the whole scenario, which has continued to cause unnecessary tension in the country. It is worrisome that Nigeria has degenerated to a level where we don’t trust each other anymore even amongst religious leaders.”
He, however, called Nigerian to put the country first in all they do, just as he urged them to “to work as one indivisible entity otherwise the much-clamoured development would elude us”