The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on Tuesday, asked the Governor of Kwara, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to immediately withdraw his approval of hijab wearing by students in the State, especially those in Christian mission schools.

 

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has accused the Governor of Kwara State, Mr. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, of exhibiting religious bias by the blanket approval of the wearing of Hijab in Christian mission schools.

 

It also urged the governor to withdraw his approval on the wearing of Hijab in schools in Kwara State including Christian mission schools or face legal action.

 

A statement that was issued yesterday by the General Secretary of CAN, Mr. Joseph Bade Daramola, said the governor has shown open bias for one religion.

 

 

Daramola said: “It appears to be contempt of the court because the governor is aware that there is a pending court case on this matter over which the court had earlier ruled that the status quo should be maintained.

 

Is the governor now saying that he is above the law? What is going to spoil if we all wait for the court to pronounce judgment on the matter? Why this hasty action?” the CAN asked.

 

The Christian association said that it has resolved to use all lawful means to reverse the order should the government refused to withdraw the directive.

 

 

It said: “We recalled that some people took laws into their hands in the state by going from school to school to be enforcing the wearing of Hijab in secondary schools, including the schools owned by mission agents but are only grant-aided by the government.

 

Instead of the government to caution such trouble makers and admonish them to wait for the court process to be concluded and judgment delivered, the government of Kwara State has shown its religious bias by the blanket approval of the wearing of Hijab, even in Christian Mission Schools.”

 

The CAN said that the action of the government of Kwara State is not only discriminatory and divisive, but it equally suggested that the government was the one behind the earlier illegal enforcement of the wearing of Hijab in Christian schools.

It noted that while the government might give directive on its own schools, it ought to have respected the schools it does not directly own nor started and respect the religious cultures of such schools as well.

 

“We urge the political elites to stop using their religious overzealousness in causing division in the society but rather treat all equally irrespective of religious and ethnic affiliation.

“If we would all do pilgrimage together, there must be fairness, mutual respect and justice. No political leader should use his or her position to further the cause of any particular religion or ethnic group in order for peace to prevail,” said CAN

 

 

Recall that following the controversy that trailed the wearing of hijab in grant-aided mission schools, the state government, last week, approved the wearing of hijab by female pupils of the schools.

 

Below video is what happened in Baptist Senior Secondary School, Surulere, Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital on February 29, 2021.

 

Watch video here

 

 

See Press Release

Caution on Kwara State Governor’s Approval of Wearing of Hijab in Christian School-CAN

 

PRESS STATEMENT

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to immediately withdraw his government’s approval of wearing of Hijab in schools in Kwara State including Christian Mission schools.

 

This advice is necessary because we see the action of the Governor of the state as premature and equally prejudicial. It appears to be a contempt of the court because the governor is aware that there is a pending court case on this matter over which the court had earlier ruled that the status quo should be maintained. Is the governor now saying that he is above the law? What is going to spoil if we all wait for the court to pronounce judgement on the matter? Why this hasty action?

 

We recalled that some people took laws into their hands in the state by going from school to school to be enforcing the wearing of hijab in secondary schools including the schools owned by mission agents but are only grant-aided by the government. Instead of the government to caution such trouble makers and admonish them to wait for the court process to be concluded and judgement delivered, the government of Kwara State has shown its religious bias by the blanket approval of the wearing of hijab, even in Christian Mission Schools. This action of the government of Kwara State is not only discriminatory and divisive, but it equally suggests that the government was the one behind the earlier illegal enforcement of the wearing of hijab in Christian schools.

 

While the government may give directive on its own schools, it ought to respect the schools it does not directly own nor started and respect the religious cultures of such schools as well.

 

We urge the political elites to stop using their religious overzealousness in causing division in the society but rather treat all equally irrespective of religious and ethic affiliation. If we would all do pilgrimage together, there must be fairness to all, mutual respect and justice. No political leader should use his or her position to further the cause of any particular religion or ethnic group in order for peace to prevail.

 

The Governor of Kwara State has shown open bias for one religion with his inability to wait for court process to be concluded over this matter.

 

CAN has resolved to use all lawful means to reverse the order if the government refused to withdraw the directive.

 

Thank You.

Signed,

Joseph Bade Daramola, Esq.

The General Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

Tuesday, 9 March, 2021

 


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