The apex body of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on Tuesday, has asked the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to immediately withdraw his approval of hijab wearing by students in the State, especially those in Christian mission schools.
The Christian body described the governor’s action as premature and prejudicial, claiming Governor AbdulRazaq was aware of a case pending in court over the matter wherein the judge had ruled that the status quo should be maintained.
Kwara government last month had earlier shut ten Christian mission schools for allegedly refusing to allow female students wearing Hijab enter their premises.
However, CAN in a statement by its General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, entitled, ‘Caution on Kwara State Governor’s Approval of Wearing of Hijab in Christian School‘, wondered what would happen, if the State authorities waited for the court to pronounce its final judgement on the matter.
He said, “We ask the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to immediately withdraw his government’s approval of wearing of hijab in schools within the 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.
We note how 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.”
CAN warned political leaders against using their positions to further the cause of any particular religion or ethnic group in the interest of peace.
“The Governor of Kwara State has shown open bias for one religion with his inability to wait for the court processes 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,” he added.