Christians in Kwara State have accused the State Government of bias on the hijab Crisis that had engulfed mission schools in Ilorin, and more recently, Oyun Local Government Area. They Challenged the Government to implement all the decisions reached at the various peace meeting that was held in a bid to resolve the issues.
In a statement that was obtained by Harmony Times which was jointly signed by the Acting Chairman and State Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state, Bishop S.T.G. Adewole and Rev. Dr. R.I. Ibitoye, the Christian leaders described the statements credited to the Commissioner of Education in the state, Saadatu Modibbo Kawu, as false. They noted that neither the Proprietors nor the Christian Association of Nigeria agreed to the wearing of hijab in Christian Schools.
They alleged that the statement credited to the Commissioner which was “forcefully imposed and implemented by the state government” was unilaterally taken by the Government. They lamented that the Government has refused to implement the resolutions that were reached last year, during the hijab crisis in the state.
While charging the Government to implement the resolutions reached as it will nip in the bud, the emerging hijab Crisis in Oyun and Offa LGAs, they reaffirmed their rejection on the usage of hijab in Christian Schools.
The statement reads in full:
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kwara State Chapter view the recent imbroglio at the above Christian Mission Schools over the wearing of HIJAB by female students with grave concern.
It will be recalled that same crisis brewed in March/April 2021 within Ilorin metropolis and that culminated into vandalization of Churches and many casualties were recorded mostly Christians.
However, this resulted into having many peace meetings by all stakeholders involving eminent personalities within and outside the state, most of the resolutions and understanding reached on all issues have been kept in abeyance and unimplemented by the State government.
The recent crisis in OBHS and other mission Schools in Oyun and Offa LGAs is beckoning for utmost attention of the State government to nib the problem in the bud before there is breakdown of law and order in the state.
Let it be reiterated that at no time did CAN, Kwara State Chapter nor the Proprietors of Mission Schools agree to the use of HIJAB in any of her schools but it was forcefully imposed and implemented by the state government.
However, the Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, claimed at a Stakeholders meeting held on Monday 24th January, 2022, that the Christian Community had consented to the use of Hijab in Christian Mission Schools, this is not true as same was forcefully implemented.
In conclusion the Kwara CAN and Proprietors of Mission Schools is saying NO to the imposition of hijab wearing in her schools.329