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Kwara Muslims want school names changed

The Muslim community in Kwara State has suggested that the names of all schools formerly owned by Muslim and Christian owners in the state be changed as part of the solutions to the state’s continuing hijab crisis.

The Muslim community, in a letter to the governor of the state, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, recommended six steps for the government to take to address the issue of hijab wearing by female Muslim students in all public schools in the state.

“The Kwara State Government should change the names of all schools that were previously owned by Muslim and Christian owners to add the ‘Government’, e.g. Ansarul Islam Government Secondary School, Ilorin, Bishop Smith Memorial Government College, Ilorin,” the community stated in the letter.

Copies of the letter dated June 7, 2022, reference number KWS/MS/01/22 and signed by Alhaji Ishaq AbdulKareem (Chairman) and Professor Ibrahim Abikan (Secretary), have been made available to journalists at Ilorin, the state capital on Monday. .

The Muslim body has also demanded adequate compensation for the family of the late Habeeb Idris who was allegedly killed on February 3, 2022, during the hijab crisis that rocked Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo, in the local government area. from Oyun of the State.

Other demands from the Muslim community as stated in the letter are that “The Kwara State Government should build a new school mosque for Muslim students/teachers at Bishop Smith Memorial College, Ilorin to replace the one which was demolished.

“The Kwara State government should appoint a new commissioner for education and human capital development, while the permanent secretary of the ministry should be transferred to another ministry.

“The Kwara State Government must uphold freedom of worship in our schools by ensuring that separate devotions are held for Muslim and Christian students during the school assembly, and no imam or external pastor should be allowed to participate in the morning devotional apart from the teachers.

“The Kwara State Government should ensure, henceforth, that appointments and postings of headmasters in all schools are based on merit and seniority and are the sole responsibility of the School Service Commission. teaching from Kwara State instead of former owners as is the case now. ”