The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has faulted the recent approval by the Kwara state government for students in Christian schools to wear Hijab to school.
The general secretary of CAN, Joseph Daramola in a statement on Tuesday, said the Kwara state governor, Abdulrahaman Abdulrasaq, was exhibiting religious bias by imposing the Hijab on christian students.
Thefact Nigeria reports that the Kwara state government in February ordered the closure of 10 Christian Secondary schools for not allowing the Muslims students wear the Hijab to school.
The 10 affected schools were billed to reopen Monday March 8, but following the tension that trailed the approval of Kwara state government for the use of Hijab by female Muslim students, the state government on Monday directed the affected should remain closed.
However, the Christian body has asked the state governor to reverse the approval saying it is prejudicial.
According to the statement; “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.”