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Hijab: Christians and Muslims Clash Over Controversy

Violence and resistance on Wednesday marred the reopening of the schools earlier closed down by the Kwara Government over the use of Hijab.

Violence broke out at Surulere Baptist School in Ilorin on Wednesday (Today) as Christian staff of the school defied the directive by the Kwara State government asking the ten mission schools closed down over hijab issue to resume classes.

It was learnt that students wearing hijab were disallowed from entering Baptist School, Surulere by some protesting Christian Staffs.

The verbal exchange which followed between the Muslim parents and the Christian staffs soon turned into exchange of dangerous objects including stones between the two parties.

Christians were singing gospel songs while Muslims were also chanting Arabic songs.

The christians carried placards reading: “Give us back our schools”, “Enough of marginalisation”, while the muslims also had Arabic inscriptions on their placards bearing “Lahila Illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah” (There is no deity worthy of worship except Allah)

The police tried to disperse the crowd with teargas and firing of gunshots into the air.

It took the intervention of soldiers to disperse the crowd just as the school gate and sign posts were damaged.

The protestors prevented the students and teachers from entering the school premises.

Similarly, at St. Anthony’s Secondary School, Offa road, teachers and students were also seen hanging around the school premises as the police, soldiers and Civil Defence personnel were seen trying to calm frayed nerves.

At the Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam, the school remained shut with few students and security personnel seen around the institution.

However, at ECWA School Oja Iya, academic activities have resumed as students were already seated in their classrooms when NAN correspondent visited.

The affected schools are C&S College Sabo-Oke; St. Anthony’s Secondary School, Offa Road; ECWA School, Oja Iya; Surulere Baptist Secondary School and Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam.

Others are CAC Secondary School, Asa Dam road; St. Barnabas Secondary School Sabo-Oke; St. John School Maraba; St. Williams Secondary School Taiwo Isale, and St. James Secondary School, Maraba.

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