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Drop the issue of use of hijab – Ifa priest to National Assembly

Amidst the contentions for the use of Hijab in schools, which has caused so much disruption to academic activities in Kwara state, the global head of Ifa priests, otherwise called the Araba Agbaye, Chief Owolabi Aworeni, on Tuesday has cautioned the Kwara State Governor, Abdualrahman Abdulrazaq, against actions that might cause further chaos in the state.

Recall, that there had been agitations against the use of hijab in some Christian mission schools, which were more pronounced in Lagos and Kwara state, with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) demanding a stop to the pursuit of the bill seeking to institutionalize the use of Hijab in Schools.

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Aworeni urged the House of Representatives to halt a bill which sought to institutionalize the use of hijab in the country.

 While this agitations continue, some Christian mission schools remain on shut down in resistance to the use of hijab by Muslim students in the schools, thereby disrupting academic activities in the state.

However, the Araba, represented by his deputy, the Araba Oluisese of Ibadan, Ifalere Odegbola, in an interview with journalists in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday, said, “We are appealing to the Governor of Kwara State to caution against steps that are capable of turning Kwara State and the entire country into crises.

“Peace will reign supreme if religions generally are given pride of place. Let the Christian schools be, same for Muslim schools and schools for the traditional worshippers, without any religion lording it over the other.

“A traditional worshipper who decides to attend Christian school should imbibe the Christian practices and principles and ditto for a Christian child who chooses to attend a Muslim school. If he decides to attend the school, he has to abide by the practices.

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It is wrong for a child who belongs to another faith to want to force his way through. The governor should desist from acts that can incite violence or civil disorderliness. Academics should not continue to get interrupted as we have it at the moment.

“In the same vein, we are appealing to the National Assembly to drop the issue of use of hijab; we are warning that religious intolerance should not be allowed to polarise us as a people. Nigeria as a secular nation should be receptive to all religions and people should be free to practice their own faith without any interference.”

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