The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kwara State has disagreed with the state government’s approval of hijab for students in public mission schools, saying it exposes Christian students to terrorist attacks.
The association’s reaction was contained in a communiqué after a stakeholders’ meeting attended by proprietors of grant-aided schools, heads of block and heads of different denominations, and jointly signed by its Secretary, Rev Reuben Ibitoye, and Publicity Secretary, Apostle Sina Ibiyemi.
“The body condemns the use of hijab in Christian missions grant-aided schools as this will cause discrimination in schools and allow terrorists to easily identify our children and wards.
“Christian mission grant-aided schools should be returned to the owners promptly as most of these schools have churches besides them and unnecessary trespass may lead to the breakdown of law and order. Christ’s faithful should occupy all grants-aided schools,” it said.
The government had last Friday closed down 10 Christian schools in Ilorin, the state capital, following tension on the wearing of hijab in the schools.
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Prof Mamma Jibril, Secretary to the State Government, announced on Thursday that schools will resume on March 8, 2021.