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Hijab: CAN Demands FG Intervention In Kwara State

Following the violence that ensued between the Christians and the Muslim folks yesterday over the use of hijab in Mission schools in Kwara State, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday called on the Federal Government and the Inspector-General of Police to intervene.

CAN has revealed this in a statement by its General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, and had as well advised Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to give peace  a chance.

According to Daramola , “We learnt that the state government has ordered the reopening of the closed schools without resolving the crisis and consequently, churches and mission schools are being vandalised with impunity by the hoodlums banking on the state government’s support in the pretext of enforcing the policy”.

 He added that, “Some innocent Christians are being violently abused and attacked under the watch of the governor who is playing ostrich. The Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, should be held responsible if the matter degenerates because it was his pronouncement on the issue of hijab wearing in violation of the court directive on the matter to maintain status quo until the matter is finally resolved by the court that led to this trouble”.

Daramola also stated that, “It is disheartening and unfortunate that a government that was installed democratically will become insensitive to the plight and the yearning of the people as if the governor was voted into the office primarily to protect his own religion. This is unfair, ungodly and reprehensible”.

He stressed that, “There are public schools and schools that belong to some Islamic organisations where those who wants to be wearing hijab can be attending without causing the ongoing needless crisis rocking the state”.

Calling for peace, Daramola said, “CAN once again calls on Governor Abdulrazaq to give peace a chance in the state by ordering his hoodlums to stop attacking mission schools and churches in Kwara State before the situation degenerates into an unprecedented religious crisis. We also call on the Federal Government and the Inspector-General of Police to ask the Kwara State Government to respect the rule of law in order to avoid a chaotic situation”.

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