By Nafisat Opakojo
After the hijaab crisis that ensued in some schools, the Kwara state government says it has ordered immediate closure of the affected ten secondary schools in ilorin, the state capital.
The affected schools are C&S College, Sabo-Oke, St Anthony College, Offa road, ECWA School, Oja-Iya, Surulere Baptist Secondary School, Bishop Smith Secondary School and CAC Secondary School Asa Dam.
Others include St. Barnabas Secondary School, Sabo-Oke, St. John School, Maraba, St. Williams Secondary School, Taiwo Isale and St. James Secondary School Maraba.
News Live Nigeria recalls that the state government met with religious leaders in the state, with both Muslim and Christian leaders stating their positions and proffering solutions on how to resolve the differences on the hijaab use in schools.
Muslim stakeholders, including Muslim youth and women organisation in the state, had earlier called on the state government to prevail on former owners of public schools to allow female Muslim students to wear hijab.
They said that since the state government had taken over such schools, the former missionary owners no longer have control over the grant-aided schools in the state.
Muslim stakeholders said that allowing Muslim female students to wear hijaab will be in conformity with the judgement of the kwara state High court of 2016 and that of the court of Appeal of 2019.
After further communication between the two communities, the Christian stakeholders stated that they will accept the wearing of hijaab by the Muslim female students based on some conditions not yet stated.
However, the kwara state government has called for calm and urged parents and religious leaders to avoid actions or comments that may further split the two communities till the case is resolved.
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