Hijab Crisis: Kwara Muslims Demands Name Change For Schools

Hijab Crisis: Kwara Muslims Demands Name Change For Schools

by Victor Ndubuisi

As part of remedies to the state’s persistent hijab dilemma, the Kwara State Muslim Community has proposed that the names of all schools historically held by Muslim and Christian entrepreneurs be altered.

At a letter to State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the Muslim community urged that the government take six steps to resolve the problem of female Muslim students wearing hijab 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’ into them, e.g, Ansarul Islam Government Secondary School, Ilorin, Bishop Smith Memorial Government College, Ilorin,” the community stated in the letter.

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On Monday, newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital, were given copies of 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 asked sufficient compensation for the family of the late Habeeb Idris, who was reportedly assassinated on February 3, 2022, at Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo, in the state’s Oyun Local Government Area, during the hijab issue.

“The Kwara State Government must establish a new school mosque for Muslim students/teachers of Bishop Smith Memorial College, Ilorin to replace the one demolished,” the Muslim community asks in the letter.

“The Kwara State Government should appoint a new Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, while the permanent secretary in the ministry should be moved to another ministry.

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“The Kwara State Government must enforce freedom of worship in our schools by ensuring that separate devotions are held for Muslim and Christian students at the school assembly, and no external Imam or Pastor should be allowed to participate in morning devotion aside from the school teachers.

“The Kwara State Government should ensure, henceforth, that appointments and postings of principals into all schools should be based on merit and seniority and should be the sole responsibility of the Kwara State Teaching Service Commission instead of former proprietors as it is being done now.”



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