Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kwara State Chapter, has denied ever consenting or agreeing with the state government to impose the use of Hijab in Christian mission schools across the state.
Stonix News reports that the state government, during the week, officially announced the introduction of the Islamic mode of identity as part of uniforms in Christian mission schools in the state with a clause that CAN had consented to it.
Reacting to the allegation, CAN in Kwara State in a statement signed by Bishop STG Adewole, Acting Chairman, and Rev. Dr. R. I Ibitoye, Secretary, the Christian body never consented to the use of Hijab in Christian mission schools in the state.
The Christian body rather challenged the Kwara State government to implement all the resolutions and understanding reached on all issues at the peace meetings held in 2021 during the hijab crisis that rocked the state.
The statement read 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 nip 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.”