Osun Hijab crisis may degenerate into a terrible situation, Cleric warns

Osun Hijab crisis may degenerate into a terrible situation, Cleric warns

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 12:06 pm

Osun students in church robes in a classroom

Osun students in church robes in a classroom

A cleric, Pastor Dotun Ajileye, on Wednesday, advised religious leaders in Osun the ongoing hijab crisis might degenerate to a terrible situation if they do not dialogue and resolve the issue amicably.

Ajileye, a Senior Pastor at Glory Ministries Chapel, Agunbelewo, Osogbo, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He therefore warned the religious leaders to exercise restraint with their utterances over the court ruling on Hijab wearing in public schools.

He added that “there is need for caution here, the trend the issue is taking appears too dangerous to me.

“Both religions must find a means of coming together on roundtable and discuss the way forward to ameliorate the tensed atmosphere.

“The issue on ground requires diplomacy and caution and the youths that are directly involved must be properly guided.

“While I respect the rights of individuals to associate and all that, I also believe that court ruling remains sacrosanct until it is set aside by another higher and competent court of law.

“In that wise, I am not convinced that the solution to this problem is to polarise the system and accuse government of the day. We should adopt both legal and diplomatic means of resolving the problem.”

NAN reports that Justice Jide Falola of the Osun State High Court, on June 3, gave a ruling, allowing Muslim female students to wear veil (Hijab) to public schools.

However, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had described the ruling as an “infringement on their rights.”

The Association then threatened that it would also instruct Christian children to attend classes in Church garments and robes.

Meanwhile, some Christian students of Baptist High School, Iwo, were seen in classes with their Church garments and robes without any restriction from their teachers. (NAN)

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