The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has sent a strong warning to the Kwara State Government (KWSG) concerning the crisis going on in the state between the Muslim and Christian faithfuls over the use of hijab in schools.
Violence had erupted in one of the schools in Kwara yesterday when the Christian stakeholders insisted that students will not be allowed to wear hijab to the school. At Baptist Secondary School, Surulere, Ilorin, the capital of the state, Muslims and Christians were seen throwing stones at each other. And some persons were seen with injuries on their bodies.
The Christian stakeholders in the state had said that the use of hijab will not be allowed in the missionary schools in the state, saying that such practice was against the doctrine of the missionaries who established the school many years ago before the Nigerian government took over the missionary schools.
The issue had generated serious controversy, and because of that the government had ordered the closure of the schools last month until a peaceful resolution is made on the matter.
After several peace agreements and deliberations, the Kwara State Government had resolved that willing students should be allowed to wear hijab to school, and had called for peace and understanding among the Muslim and Christian stakeholders. But the Christian leaders in the state had said that they would not allow such order to stand. And yesterday, the Christian leaders had urged its members to occupy Baptist school.
In one of the 10 affected schools - Baptist Secondary School - fight had erupted there yesterday, and several people were injured in the process.
In their reaction to the current crisis, the MURIC has warned the Kwara State Government that any attempt to violent the rights of the Muslim girl-child to wear hijab will be resisted by the Muslim community, adding that the law is on their side.
Speaking on behalf of the group, the director of the Nigerian Islamic human rights group, Ishaq Akintola, accused the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) of instigating the crisis in the state.
He said that they are worried by the fact that people who claim to be civilized are now disrespecting the rule of law. He said that CAN is to be blamed for the crisis that erupted in Baptist Secondary School yesterday, because they are the ones who called on its members to occupy the school premises. He said that it is sad the Kwara chapter of CAN is turning its members against the rule of law.
He said that it is unfortunate that CAN has failed to learn from history, and that the order for Christian students to wear strange dresses like church choir and masquerade garments to school will fail woefully, just like it failed in Osun State.
He urged Nigerians to call CAN to order because what they are doing is undermining the rule of law.
The crisis in Kwara over the use of hijab is quite saddening, worsened by the fact that people sustained injuries yesterday in the process. And now the MURIC has warned that they will resist any attempt to violate the right of the Muslim girl over the use of the hijab.
I hope the state government will find a way to settle the matter before it gets out of hand.
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