C & S Head appeals to Kwara Governor to drop Hijab in Christian schools
The Cherubim & Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria has appealed to the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq not to ignite religious crisis in the country with his decision to tamper with dress code of Christian Schools in the State.
The Kwara State Government had issued a directive asking female Moslem students to wear hijab to Christian Schools in the state, the decision firmly resisted by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and owners of the affected schools.
The Supreme Head of the Church, His Most Eminence, Prophet Solomon Adegboyega Alao said Nigeria is facing serious crisis threatening its corporate existence at this period and Kwara State should not add to it.
He pleaded with President Muhammad Buhari as the Chief Security Officer of the country to intervene and make Goveratxbr AbdulRazaq see reasons why wearing of hijab by female students should not be enforced in schools established by Christians.
The Clergyman said what should be paramount to the Kwara Government should be how to take practical steps to improve quality of education to better performance of the students not changing the dress code to pronounce religious beliefs of the students.
Prophet Alao said, "With the security situation in the country, why do we need to segregate Moslem students from others. We all know that members of the Boko Haram terrorist group are Moslems. Is Kwara State Government want to give out other female students that are not Moslems as easy targets for the bandits and terrorists groups?
"This is very unfortunate because by making Moslem students to dress in a particular manner from others is making us to suspect sinister motives not yet known to the public".
The Head of C & S Church worldwide said the Kwara State Governor as a Moslem has nothing to gain from forcing the tenet of his religion on others even when there are are public schools in Ilorin established Moslems.
He said, "Students that want to wear hijab can go to Moslem Secondary schools in the state. We want the governor to imagine a situation where other religious leaders in the state asked their adherents to dress in a manner to portray their religious sentiment to school. I mean a situation where we asked C & S members to wear their white garments to school, Orthodox churches ask their members to wear Choir Uniform or traditional worshippers go to school dressing like masquerades."
Prophet Alao said he would be disastrous for the government to let the issue of dress code affect students in the missionary schools affected from sitting for the coming Senior Secondary School Examination (SSCE) and other national examinations.
He said he was optimistic that Governor AbdulRazaq would review his stand on the matter and return to status quo ante and allow peace to reign in the Kwara State and Nigeria.