The Kwara State chapter of the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) has rejected and condemned the approval of the use of hijab in Christian Mission Grant Aided Schools by the State government.
This was contained in a communique signed by the CAN secretary Rev. Ibitoye JP., and the Public Relations Officer, Apostle Shina Ibiyemi JP. after the plenary meeting held on Friday with proprietors of grant-aided schools, heads of the bloc, heads of different denominations, and delegates held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, at Taiwo road in Ilorin.
The stakeholders solemnly stated that the schools in question are mission grant-aided schools and not general public schools and cannot be technically Islamized starting with the use of hijab.
They said: “We assert that in principle and practice our schools are mission grant aided schools and not general public schools and cannot be technically Islamized starting with the use of Hijab.
“The body reject and condemn the approval of the use of Hijab in Christian Mission Grant Aided Schools. This will cause discrimination in schools and also allow terrorists to easily identify our children and ward.”
However, they appreciated the efforts of the Kwara State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for having a good interactive session with them.
They, therefore, called for the prompt return of these mission schools back to their owners, added that “Christian mission grant aided schools should be returned to the owners promptly as most of these Schools have Churches besides them and unnecessary trespass may lead to breaking down of law and order.
“Christian faithfuls should occupy all granted aided schools.”
Meanwhile, they promised to continue to interact and dialogue with the state government on the return of grant aided to their proprietors.262