Hijab Use Will Expose Christian Pupils To Terrorist Attacks - Kwara CAN Says
The Kwara State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has kicked against the state government’s approval of the use of hijab by female Muslim pupils in its public schools.
It said the new policy would “cause discrimination in schools and allow terrorists to easily identify our children and wards”.
The government had last Friday closed down 10 Christian schools in Ilorin, the state capital, following tension on the wearing of hijab in the schools.
But while announcing the reopening of schools from Monday, March 8, 2021, in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Mamma Jibril, on Thursday, it said female Muslim students should be allowed to wear hijab in all grant-aided public schools in the state.
The assertion titled, ‘Position of Kwara State Government on the Hijab Question in Public Schools,’ read in component, ‘Sequel to latest traits in our kingdom over the repute of the hijab in public/supply-aided schools, the nation authorities has consulted extensively with notion leaders and leaders of both Muslim and Christian groups to be able to clarifying problems and attaining a consensus.”
However, CAN, in a response, disagreed with the government over the use of hijab in faculties mounted by using Christian missions.
It additionally accused the authorities of taking a selection on a count number that was nonetheless earlier than the Supreme Court.
The affiliation’s reaction was contained in a communiqué after a stakeholders’ assembly attended with the aid of owners of provide-aided colleges, heads of block and heads of various denominations, and mutually signed through its Secretary, Rev Reuben Ibitoye, and Publicity Secretary, Apostle Sina Ibiyemi.
It study in component, “The frame condemns the use of hijab in Christian missions supply-aided colleges as this will reason discrimination in colleges and allow terrorists to effortlessly perceive our children and wards.
“Christian assignment provide-aided colleges should be returned to the proprietors right away as most of these colleges have churches except them and unnecessary trespass may cause the breakdown of law and order. Christian faithful should occupy all offers-aided colleges.”
Efforts to get the reaction of the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Olu Adewara, proved abortive as he neither took calls nor responded to a textual content message despatched to him.
Why we accepted use of hijab in public schools –Kwara executive
However, Kwara State Government stated it accredited using hijab by using Muslim girl students in its public colleges after consultations with stakeholders and relevant legal guidelines within the country.
It additionally stated it known the proper of each infant in public faculties to freedom of worship.[NewsNaira]