Hijab Crisis: Kwara Govt Shuts Baptist School, Condemns Violence

    By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
    The Kwara State government has condemned Thursday’s violence at the government-owned Oyun Baptist Secondary School (OBHS), Ijagbo, describing it as totally unacceptable.
    Some Muslim students protesting restraint on use of Hijab before the unrest on Thursday in Ijagbo,Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
    This state government’s reaction was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu.
    It reads: “The Kwara State government unreservedly condemns the flagrant act of discrimination against anyone, especially children, on religious grounds. Such discrimination will not be tolerated in any public-owned institution in the state.
    “While the government and the security agencies continue to work with leaders on all sides, it hereby directs the immediate shutdown of the school pending resolution of the issue.”
    She said the government commended the security agencies for their prompt action that has restored calm in the area, while government called on them to investigate and bring to book anyone linked to the violence as a deterrence to others.
    The government, however, appealed for calm as violence brings nothing good.
    It was learnt that Muslim students had staged a peaceful protest against restraint on the use of Hijab in the morning.
    The protest led to a face-off between both Christian and Muslim parents, which allegedly led to loss of life, while some people were also injured.

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