Kwara to set up interfaith committee in bid to resolve hijab controversy


Governor of Kwara, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, says the state will reconstitute an interfaith committee to address the hijab controversy in public schools in a bid to build confidence and provide templates to steadily “resolve all issues of mutual concerns” between the Muslims and Christians in the state

The hijab controversy led to the closure of 10 grant-aided missionary schools in February but asked them to reopen on March 19.

Speaking in a televised broadcast on Tuesday, the governor assured that the issue would be resolved.

“I acknowledge the apprehension from the Christian and Muslim communities. Having held dozens of meetings with various thoughts leaders from both sides in the last four weeks, I am convinced that beneath the tensions and misgivings around the hijab decision are old wounds that must be healed,” he said.

“I assure all Kwarans that we will take genuine steps to address the concerns raised by various faith communities.

“In doing so, a huge dose of understanding, selflessness, and patriotism will be required. Going forward, we will need leaders from both sides to spread message of love, accommodation, patience, peace, and mutual respect.

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