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The Government of Kwara State have issued out a strong warning to school principals in the State to henceforth desist from imposing the wearing of the hijab (female Muslim headscarf) or beret on any student under any guise.
The State Government handed down the warning in a statement issued on Sunday by the State Teaching Service Commission in Ilorin which was obtained by Africa Today News, New York.
Chairman of the Commission, Mallam Bello Abubakar, had during a meeting on Friday reaffirmed the determination of the state government to promote religious tolerance among teachers and students and enhance peaceful coexistence.
The meeting was held with the aim of resolving the crisis over Hijab which erupted recently at Oyun Baptist Grammar School, Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State, according to the spokesman of TESCOM, Peter Amogbonjaye.
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‘He, thereafter, warned the principals in Oyun axis to abide by the policy of the Kwara State Government and desist from imposing Hijab on any student, instead, it should be made optional,’ the statement partly read.
While warning that the present administration would not tolerate religious bigotry, enjoined all to shun religious sentiments and respect the rights of individuals, Bello reminded the gathering that Kwara State is a state of harmony and advised everyone to remain good ambassadors for the coming generation.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that the warning is coming on the heels of fresh controversy on the wearing of hijab in some Christian Schools; Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo and St Claire’s Girls Secondary School, Offa in Oyun, and Offa Local Government Area respectively.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK