Nigerians React on Social Media As Kwara State Government Shut Down Schools Over Hijab

The Kwara State Government had recently approved the use of Hijab in schools. Mamma Sabah Jibril, Secretary to the State Government, had said the administration consulted widely with Muslim and Christian communities before making the decision.

However, the Cherubim and Seraphim church in the state had yesterday faulted the decision of the state government on the use of Hijab in schools.

The irreconcilable differences between Kwara state government, and Christian schools in the state over wearing of Hijab to schools by Muslim students in their schools, which should take off today has prompted the state government to announced the postponement of their resumption until a later date.

The Baptist Church which has about 23 schools scattered in the state, ECWA, and Cherubim and Seraphim have all stuck to their guns that they will resist their Muslim pupils to wear hijab to their schools and further demanded the return of their schools by the government.

Recall that the government, in February , ordered the temporary closure of 10 grant-aided secondary schools in Ilorin, the state capital, pending the resolution of the controversy in the schools.

The 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.

Muslim leaders had insisted that students should be allowed to use the head covering in accordance with the Constitution. Nigerians took to social media today to reacts and debate over the emerging issues and decision by the government.

Below are some of the reactions…