The squabble involving the use of the hijab in mission schools in Kwara State which last year divided residents of the ancient city of Ilorin on religious line seem far from being resolved as the Christian community have alleged that the State Government “forcefully imposed and is implementing” the use of the hijab in mission schools in the state.
In a Press release made available to this medium on Thursday and jointly signed by the Acting Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state, Bishop STG Adewole and secretary, Rev Dr R I Ibitoye, the Christian community alleged that the state government had refused to implement most of the resolutions and understanding reached last year during the hijab crisis in the state.
They however noted that the recent crisis in Oyun Baptist High School (OBHS) Ijagbo 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.
The statement reads in full:
HIJAB CRISIS AT OYUN BAPTIST HIGH SCHOOL (OBHS) IJAGBO AND OTHER MISSION SCHOOLS IN OYUN AND OFFA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS KWARA STATE
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.