Our Stand On Hijab Based On Law, Respect for Pluralism- Kwara Govt.
The Kwara State government has condemned the recent crisis in the state over the use of Hijab (the Muslims head cover) in some schools in the State.
In a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, the government said Kwara State is a plural society.
The statement added that the diversity and peaceful coexistence as the southernmost northern state are the state’s unique selling points.
The statement reads,
“For the avoidance of doubt,the Governor maintains the earlier position of the state government on the question of Hijab as follows
“Based on subsisting Court judgments which were built on the Constitution, federal and state laws, principle of pluralism, and sanctity of the rightthe use of hijaab in public schools is a constitutional right that the government shall protect for anyone and the use of hijaab in public schools is a constitutional right that the government shall protect for anyone and everyone willing to use it.everyone willing to use it. of every person to their identity, especially in public space,the use of hijaab in public schools is a constitutional right that the government shall protect for anyone and everyone willing to use it”.
“The government’s strategic patience in the handling of delicate matters involving the people it swore to protect is not same as pandering to anyone’s whims”.
“Consequently, the Governor stands firmly by government’s policy
on the permissibility of hijaab for every Muslim girl child who desires to wear it in all public schools”.
“The Governor appeals to the people of the state to not allow agents of fake news and disinformation to mislead them and set them against one another. This administration, to be sure, is beholden only to the law, truth and fairness to all at all times”.