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    Kwara reaffirms use of hijab in public schools

    Kwara State Government has reaffirmed the use of the hijab by willing Muslim schoolgirls in all categories of public schools in the state.

    The State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Sa’adatu Madibbo-Kawu, made this known during a peaceful meeting between Muslim and Christian stakeholders in Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government Area, held at the Ministry Headquarters, Ilorin on Monday.

    A statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Yakub Aliagan, made available to newsmen on Tuesday said, “The policy statement of the Kwara State Government allowing willing Muslim schoolgirl to wear the hijab in all public schools, including grant-aided ones, is binding.

    “This conforms with the judicial pronouncements of the courts of law and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the Commissioner said.

    She, therefore, appealed to both Muslim and Christian leaders to allow peace to reign in the state.

    Modibbo-Kawu thereafter directed the school heads of the Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo, to immediately implement the policy statement on the use of approved hijab in public schools.

    The Commissioner warned that anybody trying to sabotage the peaceful coexistence among the people of Kwara State will face the full wrath of the law.

    The meeting was also attended by the Permanent Secretary, Mary Adeosun; Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, Abubakar Bello; TESCOM Board Members; ANCOPSS President, Toyin Abdullahi; NUT Caretaker Chairman, Umar Abdullahi.

    Also in attendance were the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Ijagbo, Rev. Samuel Ajayi; President, Ijagbo Youth Association, Faleye Segun.

    On the Muslim side were the Chairman Muslim Stakeholders, Offa & Oyun LGA, Abubakar AbdulWasiu; the Secretary, Taofiq Oyetunde; Chairman Kwara State Muslim Stakeholders, Isiaka AbdulKareem, and Prof. Abubakar Aliagan, among others.

    Copyright PUNCH.

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