Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has faulted Kwara State government’s approval of the wearing of Muslim headscarf (hijab) in “Christian Mission schools, describing the act as “discriminatory and divisive.”
CAN, in a statement signed by its Secretary General Barrister Joseph Bade Daramola, therefore urged the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to immediately withdraw the approval of wearing of hijab in schools within the State, including Christian Mission schools.
It will be recalled the Governor Abdulrazaq had, on February 26, approved the use of hijab by female Muslim students in Christian Mission schools supported by government grants, but reacting on the development, CAN disapproved of the Governor’s directive and term his action as premature and equally prejudicial.
The statement reads in part, “Mr. Abdulrazaq’s decision 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”.
CAN further stressed that the Governor of Kwara State has shown an open bias for one religion with his inability to wait for the court processes to be concluded over this matter.
The Christian body decried a situation where some people took the laws into their hands in the State by going from school to school to enforce the wearing of hijab in secondary schools, including the schools owned by mission agents but are only granted aid 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 the hijab, even in Christian Mission Schools,” CAN emphasized.