Bishop Francis Wale Oke, the newly elected President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has warned Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, Governor of Kwara State, against engaging in actions that could set the country on fire, saying that hijab should not be forced on Christian mission schools.
The Bishop gave the warning on Monday at the Cornerstone City, Ibadan, Oyo State during the visit of the Ekiti and Ondo states chapters of the Fellowship, led by the duo of Bishop Clement Abifade and Bishop Joshua Opayinka.
‘I am appealing to Your Excellency, Mr Governor, to let the sleeping dog lie. Respect the tradition and feelings of others. Avoid divisive politics that can set this nation on fire. Bring everybody together; don’t force hijab on our people, they won’t back down. Your Excellency, stoop to conquer; stoop for peace, stoop for harmony,” Oke said.
Meanwhile, the 10 Christian mission schools shut by the Kwara State government in February over the crisis on the wearing of hijab by Muslim female students resumed academic activities on Monday.
Both students and teachers entered the school with little resistance, especially at the Baptist Secondary School, Surulere, and the Cherubim and Seraphim College, Sabo-Oke, in Ilorin, where Christians and Muslims clashed last week over hijab.