Uneasy calm and violence have been reported in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Wednesday after the state government reopened no fewer than 10 schools shut last month over the use of hijab by Muslim female students.
The crisis as reported, started after Christian officials of Baptist School, Surulere disallowed the girls in Hijab from gaining access into the school.
This did not go down well with Muslim parents, resulting to arguments and eventual clash.
The situation further escalated as angry Christian and Muslim faithful threw various objects including stones and plastic chairs at themselves.
The security operatives close to the school intervened and had to call for reinforcement to calm the situation. The operatives dispersed them with tear gas.
It will be recalled that the hijab controversy started over three weeks ago when officials of Saint Anthony Secondary School prevented Muslim female students from gaining entrance to the school claiming that it is a missionary school.
Several meetings were held between Muslim and Christian leaders to resolve the issue with the government temporarily closing down the ten schools until the reopening on Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, the school reopening was announced on last night by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Kemi Adeosun.
The Permanent Secretary said, “The government is convinced that its policy to allow willing Muslim schoolgirls to wear their hijab (face covering) in public schools will lead to sustainable peace and communal harmony anchored on mutual respect and understanding.
“This path to mutual respect, understanding, and peace with regards to hijaab had long been adopted in all of the northern Nigeria and many states in the Southwest such as Lagos, Osun, Ekiti, and Oyo States.
“As the students resume normal classes, the government took special notice of the plight of those of them preparing for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination and hereby directs affected schools to hold at least two-hour extra lesson for all the intending candidates after school hours daily.”
The ownership of the ten schools is still pending in the Supreme Court as both the High Court and Appeal Court affirmed the state government as the owner.
However, checks revealed that the Kwara state government took over all the missionary schools owned by Christians and Muslims since 1974.
The Christians angered by the situation said the government should wait for the outcome of the judgement of the Supreme Court before fully taking over the schools.
UI fixes Post-UTME CBT screening, gives details
Management of the University of Ibadan (UI) has informed prospective candidates who have registered for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) that the screening which will be Computer Based Test (CBT), will start on Tuesday, 06 April to Saturday, 10 April, 2021.
The Registrar of the university, Olubunmi O. Faluyi, who made this known in a statement on Friday, also added that information on the Date, Time and Venue will be communicated via a photo card to each candidate through the University Admission Portal.
The statement further noted that candidates are requested to print the PHOTOCARD and bring along to the venue of the screening.
“A CBT access fee of N1,000.00 will be paid for the screening.
“Enquiries can be directed to the following Desk Officers: Mr. L. O. Abu – 08071183955; Mr. A. Kolade – 08067557709”, the statement said.
F -Lounge and Bar Organises Lalale Friday Special Nite
Juju maestro, Wale Thompson, is set to entertain fans this Friday, 26th of March 2021. The special nite is organized by F Lounge and Bar, in conjunction with Wathom Music and Entertainment at Fola Mart, Felele Junction, Idi Odo, Challenge, Ibadan from 7.00pm till early hours.
It will be recalled that Wale Thompson’s hit track, Lalele Friday was the Friday night anthem for clubbers, rocking the music scene in the late ’90s and still lives momentum each time its played.
Thompson started his musical career at the tender age of 14 with his father’s band as a guitarist and later form his own band in 1988. He has ever since been a force to reckon with in the juju hi-life music circle.
“Enjoy “Lalale Friday special nite with your favourite meal, drinks and decadent snack, with Wale Thompson electrifying the atmosphere with good music,” the management of F Lounge and Bar with Wathom Music and Entertainment assured.
Kwara Hijab Crisis: Teachers locked out, as Christians sing at school entrance
Some churches in Kwara state have refused to reopen the schools following the directive of the state government to the 10 schools at the center of the controversy over the use of the hijab
The affected schools are C&S College, Sabo-Oke; St. Anthony’s Secondary School, Offa Road; ECWA School, Oja Iya; Surulere Baptist Secondary School, and Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam.
Others are CAC Secondary School, Asa Dam road; St. Barnabas Secondary School, Sabo-Oke; St. John School Maraba; St. Williams Secondary School, Taiwo Isale, and St. James Secondary School, Maraba.
According to the information scooped from Channels Television Christian faithful were seen gathered in front of Cherubim and Seraphim school, singing and dancing.
Also a load of sand is seen in front of the gate to prevent both teachers and pupils from gaining entrance.
At Saint Anthony School, the teachers reportedly turned up as directed by the government, they were seen gathered in groups discussing the situation.
Security operatives later intervened and forced opened gates of both schools.
The situation at Baptist School, Surulere, where crisis broke out two days ago was however peaceful as teachers gathered in groups inside the school.
The State Government had on Thursday directed principals, teachers, and staff of the schools to reopen.
According to the government, the resumption became necessary in order to prepare the final year students for their external examinations.
It warned that any staff that fails to report to duty will face the full wrath of the law as it will not condone any act of insubordination.