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KWARA: FG should caution CAN against plunging state into anarchy

THE Muslim Rights Concern has said the Federal Government should hold the Christian Association of Nigerians accountable for the hijab crisis rocking the country.

The Islamic rights group said it’s ‘big shame” that CAN is trying to plunge Kwara State into anarchy by turning its members against democratic norms, and the rule of law.

MURIC made this known in a statement issued by its Director, Prof.Ishaq Akintola today.

MURIC said, “We are perturbed that people who claim to be civilised are disrespecting the rule of law. CAN is to blame for all these. CAN was the one that called on its members to occupy that school. Fortunately, the ugly scene only played out in one out of ten schools. But it is a big shame that in 21st century Kwara, CAN is turning its members against democratic norms, against the rule of law.

“Both the Ilorin High Court and the Court of Appeal have ruled in favour of hijab. It is therefore illegal, illegitimate, unlawful, and unconstitutional for CAN to insist that its members should not obey the courts and that the schools should not allow female Muslim students to use the hijab or even enter the school premises. It is the height of lawlessness.

“We assert that CAN should be held responsible for whatever happens in those schools. We wonder why the Nigerian civil society is silent over this open rape on the rule of law. Is it because Muslims are at the receiving end? Is it because the Christian leadership is the culprit?

“We reject selective justice. Those who are most vehement when democracy is in jeopardy must also speak up when any principle of democracy is under threat. Refusal to obey court order is a flagrant confrontation of democracy and a threat to good governance, law and order and peaceful coexistence. Or is CAN above the law?

“It is unfortunate that CAN has failed to learn from history. The latest order given to Christian students to wear strange garments like church choir and masquerade dresses to school will fail woefully just as it did in Osun State. For how long can Christian students wear choir dresses to school. We will see who blinks first. The truth will always overwhelm falsehood and darkness must disappear when the light comes.

“We invite all right-thinking Nigerians to take a critical look at the game playing out in Kwara State. It is a well-known fact in modern society that any group that flouts court pronouncement is inviting chaos. This is exactly what CAN is doing in Kwara State. We, therefore, call on stakeholders to call CAN to order.

“MURIC warns the Kwara State Government against compromising its authority over this issue. Any attempt by KWSG to spoon-feed CAN or to sweep the right of the Muslim girl-child to wear hijab under the carpet will be resisted by the Muslim community. The law is on our side. On hijab, we stand. There will be no retreat, no surrender.”

The seething tension over the wearing of hijabs by female Muslim students in mission-graded schools in Kwara State came to a head yesterday when violence erupted at Baptist Secondary School, Surulere, Ilorin.

Trouble started when some people, believed to members of CAN, denied female students using hijab access to the school.

Parents of the students engaged the school authorities in a hot argument which resulted in Muslims and Christians hurling stones and other objects at themselves.

CAN had faulted the Kwara State Government for reopening closed schools without resolving the crisis, which consequently led to vandalisation of properties in the state.

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