Hijab Controversy: Respect Rule of law, Baptist Church tells Kwara Governor
- The controversy concerning the wearing of hijab by Muslim students in Kwara state seems to be far from over
- The Kwara Baptist Conference in a statement by its president, Rev’d. Dr. V.S.A Dada shared its thoughts on the issue which caused tension in the state
- The Conference advised the state government to respect the rule of law concerning missionary schools
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Following the raging hijab crisis, the Kwara government led by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has been urged to respect the rule of law concerning schools of religious bodies in the state.
The Punch reports that the appeal was made by the Kwara Baptist Conference in a statement issued by the president, Rev’d. Dr. V.S.A Dada.
The Conference had described the state government's action of closing religious bodies schools as committing contempt of court over the issue.
Rev'd Dada went on to note that the matter is still pending before the Supreme Court, adding that a high court ordered the existing status quo be maintained.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Kwara government opened the 10 schools at the centre of the controversy over the use of the hijab in the state.
Some churches have, however, refused to reopen the schools. In one of the schools, a load of sand was seen in front of the gate to prevent both teachers and pupils from gaining entrance. Security operatives later intervened and forced opened gates of schools locked.
The state government had earlier on Thursday, March 18, directed principals, teachers, and staff of the schools to reopen.
In another report, Kwara state government gave its final say on the issue of hijab-wearing among Muslim students in public schools.
According to a statement by the secretary to the state government, Mamman Saba Jibril, and shared on the Twitter page of the Kwara government, the schools became the state's properties since 1974.
Jibril, therefore, stated that the claims by religious organisations to the schools are baseless.
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