Hijab controversy: Return Christian schools to owners, CAN tells Kwara govt

The Christian community in Kwara State has described the temporary closure of ten grant-aided Christian schools in the Ilorin metropolis as unfair and wrong.

At a special meeting and prayer session organised by the state Christian Association of Nigeria on Sunday, to seek God’s intervention in some protracted issues, the body also demanded the return of Christian schools to the owners and no hijab dress code in Christian schools.

In their remarks, Rev. J. A. Dada, President, Kwara Baptist Convention and Rev. Reuben Ibitoye, state Secretary of CAN, said Christians in Kwara State are making two key demands.

“The return of our schools and that no use of hijab in our schools.”

They said, ” CAN does not want the schools to lose the identity of being built and owned by churches.”

Barrister Shina Ibiyemi, CAN’s legal Advisor, who gave the legal angle of the controversy, explained that there was never anytime the hijab issue was a subject of contention in a law court in the state.

He described the closure of the ten schools as “An attempt to force Co-proprietors of the schools to concede the usage of hijab.”

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