After Muslim stakeholders, at a press conference on Wednesday, called on the Kwara State government to intervene on the agitation by public school owners of other beliefs on the wearing of hijabs to school by female Muslim students, the state government has, on Thursday, set up a panel to look into the matter and give recommendation as solutions to the situation.
The government had a long meeting with religious leaders and issued opinions on how the matter can be resolved.
Muslim leaders said since the government has taken over the grant-aided schools, former missionary owners are not supposed to still have controls over them.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy governor of Kwara State, Modupe Joel, had said that the Deputy governor, Kayode Alibi, who presided over the meeting had appealed to the stakeholders to respect individuals beliefs, live in peace and love to raise a generation that will be united.
According to her, the meeting which was convened by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, “resolved to devolve into a committee that will specifically tackle the hijab question.
“Members of the committee include the deputy governor (chairman), two thought leaders/statesmen from the two sides; three religious leaders from the two sides; Senator Suleiman Ajadi; Prince Sunday Fagbemi and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice.
“The meeting stressed the need for every side to keep the peace and constantly caution members of their communities to avoid any action or comments that may disturb public peace.”
Photo: Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman-AbdulRazaq