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ECWA, Anglican Maintain Stance Against Hijab In Christian Schools

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Ijeoma Okeke

The Evangelical Church Winning All and the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion have refuted the allegations that they have agreed to the directive of Kwara State Government for the use of hijab in their schools

Among the 10 schools involved in the hijab controversy are ECWA schools, Oja-Iya, and Bishop Smith Memorial College in Ilorin

According to the Chairman, ECWA District Church Councils, Rev. (Dr.) Vincent Akintunde, the issue of hijab was introduced by Muslim groups into a case of ownership of the schools which is still pending in court

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He said, “We would like to put the records straight by asserting that ECWA is totally against the use of hijab in our grant-aided mission schools. We wish to inform the general public that our initial concern was not the use of hijab, but ownership of the schools. Muslim groups subtly introduced the issue of hijab to the case to distract us from our primary concern, even while the matter is still pending in the Supreme Court.

“We consider the re-opening of the 10 grant-aided mission schools and the permission to use hijab by government as premature, ill-motived and gross violation of the rule of law.”

Their Anglican counterpart vowed not to change the doctrines in the church and the foundation laid by the founding fathers of their school

Archbishop Israel Amoo of Kwara Anglican Diocese urged the heads of security forces in the state to maintain neutrality on the issue and that the state should not be portrayed as an Islamic state.

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