By Tunde Oyekola in Osogbo
Osun State Branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday organised a joint prayer session to pray against the use of Hijab by Muslim female students in schools established by Christian missions.
Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo presided over by Justice Falola had last Friday ruled that Muslim female students are free to wear Hijab on their uniform in public schools.
CAN, in its reaction, however, directed students of Christian faith to wear church uniform including choir robe and sutana to classes.
Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has, however, directed school authorities to expel any student who breached the rules and
regulations of the schools in the state.
The prayer rally attended by over 200 pastors and thousands of Christians across all denominations in the 30 Local Government Areas of the state including Ife East Area Office held in Dominion Hall of Osun Baptist Conference Centre, Gbodofon, Osogbo centred on the state of the state court ruling on hijab.
Meanwhile, Baptist High School, Iwo where students went to school on Tuesday with various choir and church apparels as well as hijab was condoned-off by the police after it was shut as the Christian and Muslim leaders held meetings with the Iwo monarch, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi to find solution to the impasse.
The prayer, which was organised by the state CAN Chairman, Reverend Dr. Elisha Ogundiya, and led by his Vice, Pastor Moses Adedeji Ogundeji, was meant to reject the court ruling on hijab and other alleged Islamization moves in the state.
He said the prayer was also meant to seek peace from God and to nullify anti-Kingdom laws and dealings with satanic forces tormenting the state in the past few weeks.
The Christian leader, who also called for the return of mission schools to the original owners said, “we don’t want crisis in Osun because of hijab issue. Already the state is being oppressed by the demonic spirit and evils as well as the country at large.”
He contended that in as much as they were trying to resolve the crisis with prayer, if government should expel any Christian pupil or student, all the students in public schools would be sent packing.
Pastor Ogundeji however noted that the prayer would ensure that Osun State is delivered from the power of satanic forces and oppressors, adding that all powers set to destroy Osun State would be destroyed by God.
“The country has no rest from the hands of Boko Haram, Niger Delta Avengers, Bororo herdsmen. Therefore let there be
peace in Osun and let the state be free from the shackles of evil and oppression.”
The CAN Vice Chairman described the presence of security personnel around the prayer venue as an embarrassment.