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Hijab crisis: How Osun schools turned religious war theatres

OSOGBO — THE threat of  religious disorder that would have resulted from Christian leaders in Osun State asking Christian students to appear in church service robes in their classrooms, yesterday, was minimal as a result of frantic last minute efforts by security agencies to douse the tension that it would have generated.

Some students of Baptist High School, Adeeke, Iwo, Osun State, attending classes in different church robes, yesterday. Photos: Gbenga Olarinoye.

However, the directive was not totally ignored  as some students of Baptist High School,Adeeke, Iwo appeared in their schools in choir robes and church garments. The appearance of students of the school in their different church vestments caused confusion in the school as other students who were in their school uniform hailed them. One of the leaders of Osun Christian Association of Nigeria OSCAN, who spoke with Vanguard said the directives witnessed partial compliance because of the intervention of the security agencies in the state who held separate meetings with leaders of the two religious groups on the issue. His words, “ You know the position of Christians in the state. We are law abiding group of people who will always obey and abide by the laws of the land even under the heat of provocation. We decided on the second thought not to overheat the system by relaxing our directive that our Christian students who are in the public schools in the state should also attend classes in Christian robes and garments if their female Muslims colleagues should come to schools wearing hijab. But we allow peace to reign in the state by not enforcing the directive. You know that we will not leave out the option of appeal as we have already made it clear from the on set after the judgement of the state high court that Christians will appeal the judgement at the appeal court. ‘’Since Muslims claimed that by wearing hijab, they are protecting their faith, so, Christians also are bound to protect and propagate their faith,” the source added. The source further stated that Christian leaders in the state are meeting in Osogbo this morning to review the whole development and chart a new course. At the heat of the judgement of an Osun State High Court allowing Muslim female students to wear hijab to schools, the state branch of Christian Association of Nigeria , threatened that any attempt to enforce the law in the state would lead to chaos and breakdown of law and order.

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