Kwara governor shuts ten school over hijab crisis

Kwara State Governor, Mallam Abdulrahaman Abdulrasak has ordered the temporary closure of ten schools in Ilorin, the state capital over crisis between the owners and some female students on the use of Muslim head cover, (the hijab).

A statement from the state government said the order though temporary would be in place until the issues are resolved between the parties involved.

The affected schools are C&S College, ST. Anthony College, ECWA School, Surulere Baptist Secondary School, Bishop Smith Secondary School, CAC Secondary School, St. Barnabas Secondary School, St. John School, St. Williams Secondary School and St. James Secondary School all in Ilorin metropolis.

Some of the schools had earlier on Friday allegedly locked out some hijab-wearing students.

Last Wednesday, some Muslims organisations had urged the state government to impress it on authorities of the affected schools to allow their female students wear hijab.

This prompted a meeting between government and leaders of Christians and Muslims in the state on Thursday.

At the meeting presided over by Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, the state urged all the parties to bury their differences and allow peace to reign.

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