At least three individuals have sustained various levels of harm throughout a conflict between Muslims and Christians on Wednesday in Ilorin, Kwara state.
The conflict occurred after the state authorities reopened 10 faculties shut final month over using hijab by Muslim feminine college students.
The federal government had in February ordered the momentary closure of the faculties pending the decision of the controversy within the faculties.
The faculties are C&S School, ST. Anthony School, ECWA College, Surulere Baptist Secondary College, Bishop Smith Secondary College, CAC Secondary College, St. Barnabas Secondary College, St. John College, St. Williams Secondary College and St. James Secondary College.
Muslim leaders had insisted that college students ought to be allowed to make use of hijab however their Christian counterparts stated such negates the heritage of the missionaries, who constructed the faculties.
Nonetheless, after a number of peace conferences, the state authorities authorised using hijab in all public faculties within the state.
However the choice didn’t go down nicely with the Christian leaders who kicked in opposition to it overtly, insisting that they won’t permit such of their mission faculties.
In addition they urged Christians “to occupy the faculties” after they reopen right now in protest of the federal government’s decision.
The affected faculties have been established by Christian missionaries however now funded by the state authorities after a forceful takeover of all mission faculties within the nation in 1975 by the Nigerian authorities.
Christians and Muslims not happy with the scenario nonetheless went right into a conflict at one of many affected faculties, Baptist Secondary College on Wednesday as they pelted themselves with stones and plastic chairs with safety operatives struggling to manage the scenario.
SaharaReporters gathered that college students and academics who resumed according to the federal government’s directive have been denied entry into the college premises.
The college reopening was on Tuesday evening introduced by the Everlasting Secretary of the Ministry of Training and Human Capital Growth, Kemi Adeosun.
Adeosun had stated, “The federal government is satisfied that its coverage to permit keen Muslim schoolgirls to put on their hijab (face overlaying) in public faculties will result in sustainable peace and communal concord anchored on mutual respect and understanding.
“This path to mutual respect, understanding, and peace as regards to hijaalb had lengthy been adopted in all the northern Nigeria and plenty of states within the Southwest equivalent to Lagos, Osun, Ekiti, and Oyo states.
“As the scholars resume regular lessons, the federal government took particular discover of the plight of these of them making ready for the West African Senior College Certificates Examination and hereby directs affected faculties to carry no less than two-hour further lesson for all of the intending candidates after faculty hours day by day.”
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