In a press release by the President of the Kwara Baptist Conference, Rev. Dr. V.S.A Dada today, the conference berated the approval of the use of Hijab by the state Government in all grant-aided public schools across the state under the disguise of the freedom of religion, the conference noted that the government her action is saying the right of the Muslim is superior to that of the Christians'
" The recent development in Kwara state, whereby some Muslim fanatics invaded a Christian school to enforce wearing of Hijab by their children in the Christian schools in Ilorin on Wednesday 18th February 2021 is the height of provocation. It took maturity and the wisdom of God for the issue, not o degenerate into a free for all.
consequent upon the incidence, the Kwara state government has concluded plans to procure and enforce the use of uniform Hijab in all public and Mission Grant Aided Schools in the state.
unfortunately, the state government is yielding to the desire of and threat of Islamic fundamentalists to impose their religious code in our schools.
we the Baptist in Kwara state, both home and abroad, state categorically and emphatically that we will not allow the wearing of Hijab in all schools established by all over the state.
let me say here, that we are all bonafide kwarans, and we all have equal rights under the Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria. By this move, the Kwara state. government is saying the Muslim purported rights are superior to that of the Christians. In addition, the state government is not ignorant of the planned invasion of our mission school on the 18th day of February 2021 as the confirmation of impunity and imperial conclusion.
To go down memory lane a bit, Grant- Aid of religious bodies' schools in 1974 or any other schools, i.e community schools doesn't mean the total takeover of such schools and thus it is contrary to the spirit or mutual agreement reached then. For those who did know, there was no compensation paid to the religious bodies. It is unfortunate that some people inside and outside the government think grant-aid of a school means total takeover.
for record purposes, even community schools grant-aided still have a say in the running of their schools i.e have to do with who heads the schools and other ancillary matters. We stand by the term as agreed with us for Grant Aiding of schools since 1974.
in view of the foregoing, we request the return of all our schools back to us without further delay......"
The conference further warned the state government that the step of approving the use of Hijab in Mission schools in Kwara state will lead to an avalanche of reactions, the end of which no one can predict.
They emphasize further that no state government, even the federal government can impose the use of Hijab on their children in Mission schools. They vowed to use all legitimate means to protect their heritage and also vowed to defend their faith and properties.
The conference finally instructed its members to wait patiently for further instruction.
Recall that there was pandemonium on the 18th of February at the First Baptist Church LGEA school Surulere, Ilorin when some Muslim youths invaded the schools to enforce the use of Hijab by their female students in the school, consequently, the state government announced the closure of 10 Christian Mission schools in the state capital, and later announced the approval of the use of Hijab in all the public schools in the state, the step the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN has condemned and vowed to resist.
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