CAN Kicks against Kwara State Governor’s Approval of Wearing of Hijab in Christian Schools
The Christian Association of Nigeria has asked the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to rescind his government’s approval for students to wear hijab to schools in Kwara State including Christian schools.
The Association made this known today in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola, Esq, and obtained by News Medal. CAN described the Kwara State Government action as “premature and equally prejudicial”
The full statement reads:
“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 recall 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 ethnic affiliations. 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 (over another) 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 refuses to withdraw the directive”, the statement concluded.