Members of the Kwara Baptist Conference on Sunday staged a peaceful protest in Ilorin, the state capital against hijab-wearing in grant-aided mission schools.
Recall that the government announced the use of Hijab and reopening of the schools on Wednesday 17th of March, 2021.
The affected schools include;
- C&S College Sabo Oke,
- ST. Anthony College, Offa Road,
- ECWA School, Oja Iya,
- Surulere Baptist Secondary School,
- Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam,
- CAC Secondary School Asa Dam road,
- St. Barnabas Secondary School Sabo Oke,
- St. John School Maraba,
- St. Williams Secondary School Taiwo Isale, and
- St. James Secondary School Maraba.
Revd. Dr. V. S. A. Dada, President, Kwara Baptist Conference also note that, ‘Only the gallant resistance of members and eventual security reinforcements saved the church from been burnt.
However, today, protest took place in the premises of First Baptist Church Ilorin in Surulere, Ilorin with members wielding placards.
Some of the placards read: ‘no hijab in Baptist schools and other mission schools,’ ‘give us back our schools,’ ‘let peace reign in the state of harmony’ and ‘no religious violence in Kwara.’
Addressing reporters President, Kwara Baptist Conference Rev (Dr) Victor Dada said: “We want to reiterate that under no circumstances will we allow the wearing of hijab in our schools. The schools are our heritage and legacy bequeathed to us by our forefathers.
“We are requesting that the state government should immediately reopen our schools without wearing of hijab.
“What we are saying is ‘give us back our schools.’ But if the state government is bent on running the schools, we want to say we will henceforth not allow hijab or Muslims in our schools.
“If peradventure, the government’s posture does not allow our children to do their WAEC this year, posterity will judge those who are at the helm of affairs accordingly.”
It is, “Government of the people.
run by Muslims, for the Muslims.” However, the Governor should remember that not only Muslims voted for him.
Stop peddling unfounded rumour. No body, l repeat, nobody has received nor will receive any gratification from government officials. no amount of intimidation, falsehood or provocation will deter us from achieving our aim/goals. No retreat, no surrender.
As Jesus lives, and His Spirit lives, succes is ours in Jesus’ name he said.