Change Names Of Mission Schools – Kwara Muslims Tell Government

By Phillips Ojumoola

In its bid to put a final solution to the ongoing hijab crisis in the state, the Kwara State Muslim Community has suggested that the names of all schools formerly owned by Muslim and Christian proprietors in the state be changed.

The Muslim community, in a letter, addressed to the State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, recommended six actions to be taken by the government in resolving the issue of hijab-wearing by female Muslim students in all public schools in the state.

“The Kwara State Government should change the names of all schools formerly owned by both the Muslim and Christian proprietors by adding’ Government’ to them, e.g, Ansarul Islam Government Secondary School, Ilorin, Bishop Smith Memorial Government College, Ilorin,” the community stated in the letter.

In the letter dated June 7, 2022, with reference number KWS/MS/01/22 and signed by Alhaji Ishaq AbdulKareem (Chairman) and Professor Ibrahim Abikan (Secretary), the Muslim body also demanded adequate compensation for the family of the late Habeeb Idris.

Recall that the hijab crisis in the state had caused religious chaos in the state since last year, leading to the death of Habeeb Idris who was allegedly killed on February 3, 2022, during the hijab crisis that rocked Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo in Oyun Local Government Area of the state.

The crisis has since then divided opinions across religious lines and boundaries, not only in Kwara State but across the nation.

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