Violence Erupt In Kwara Schools Over Hijab Controversy

Ilorin, Kwara State capital witnessed violence eruption on Wednesday after the state government reopened 10 schools that were shut last month over the use of hijab by Muslim female students.

Both Christians and Muslims faithful displeased with the situation went into a clash at Baptist Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam, as they pelted themselves with stones.

According to residents in the location, the Muslims are angry over the refusal of Christian leaders to permit the use of Hijab by Muslim students.

The situation grew worse as both sides started throwing various objects including stones and plastic chairs at themselves with security operatives struggling to control the situation.

Recall that the Kwara State government had earlier in February shut 10 government schools as the controversy surrounding the use of hijab gets messy.

But in a statement on Tuesday, by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Kemi Adeosun, the state government reopened the schools.

The statement reads: “The government is convinced that its policy to allow willing Muslim schoolgirls to wear their hijab (face covering) in public schools will lead to sustainable peace and communal harmony anchored on mutual respect and understanding.

“This path to mutual respect, understanding, and peace with regards to hijaab had long been adopted in all of the northern Nigeria and many states in the Southwest such as Lagos, Osun, Ekiti, and Oyo States.

“As the students resume normal classes, the government took special notice of the plight of those of them preparing for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination and hereby directs affected schools to hold at least two-hour extra lesson for all the intending candidates after school hours daily.”

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