The Kwara Baptist Conference has accused the Kwara State Governor of not running an all inclusive government while Charging him to respect the rule of law.
This was made known in a live press conference by the President of the Church, Revd Victor Dada held within the premises of the First Baptist Church, Surulere in Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital. The religious organization among other requests, reemphasized the need for the government to return the schools back to them.
The statement reads in part,
“We, Baptist in Kwara State wish to advise the Kwara State government to respect the rule of law concerning religious bodies schools in Kwara State.”
“It is on record that this issue is before the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Therefore, the pronouncement of the state government closing religious bodies schools in sub-judice and as a result committing contempt of court.”
“Equally, the state high court has issued an order that “status-quo-ante” be maintained. That is to say that both parties should return to what was obtainable before the present crisis.”
“Consequent upon the foregoing, we request the following from the State Government:
- Immediate reopening of our schools forthwith.
- For emphasis sake, we want to reiterate that under no circumstances will we allow the wearing of Hijab in our schools. The schools are our heritage and legacy bequeath into us by our fore-fathers.
- What we are saying is “give us back our schools”. But if the state government is bent on running the schools, we want to say we will henceforth not allow Hijab nor Mallims in our schools.
- If per adventure, the government posture did not allow our children to do their WAEC this year, posterity will judge those who are at the echelon of affairs accordingly.”
“The adage “Government of the people, by the people for the people” is no longer so in Kwara State. It is, “Government of the people, run by Muslims, for Muslims.” However, the governor should remember that not only Muslims voted for him.”
The President concluded by accusing the State Government of blackmailing the leadership of the Church and Christian body for having received certain gratification from the State Government in the past.
“Stop peddling unfounded rumour. Nobody, I repeat, nobody has received not will receive any gratification from Government officials, no amount of intimidation, falsehood or provocation will deter us from achieving our aim/goals. No retreat, no surrender.”522