- Bishop David Oyedepo has reacted to the Hijab controversy in Kwara state
- The preacher disclosed why he is opposed to the idea of permitting hijab-wearing for female students in mission schools
- The Kwara state government has directed the schools to allow Muslim students to use the Hijab
Bishop David Oyedepo has criticised Muslims for demanding the wearing of Hijab in some mission schools in Kwara state.
Christians and Muslims have been at loggerheads over hijab-wearing for female students in 10 government grant-aided missionary schools in Kwara state.
However, the founder of the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, during a sermon advised Muslims to leave Kwara mission schools and look for hijab-wearing schools for their children.
According to a video of the sermon posted on Youtube, the cleric could not hide his disapproval of the hijab issue, describing the matter as a nasty development.
He warned that Christians may have to show the world that God is a consuming fire to stop such actions against the church.
”Leave the schools for the owner, go to your schools. Is there any fight? Stop putting fingers in the eyes of others, the world should be warned against the church. The church is a time bomb.
”When God turns his back on anyone or any system, that system is cursed. My advice is leave the schools for the owners, find your schools. Men and women can wear hijab there. Stop putting your fingers in the eyes of others when they are not blind''
Meanwhile, the Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC) has advised the Kwara state government to rename the missionary schools which are subject of the Hijab controversy.
In a press statement issued on Saturday, March 20 by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, and seen by Legit.ng, the group urged the state government to begin the process immediately.
MURIC said it deems it necessary, at this stage, for the state government to put its feet down and rename the schools.
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