BY QADRI SALIU
The Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion and the Evangelical Church Winning All have debunked the claim that its schools in Kwara State have permitted female Muslim students to use hijab.
Recall that Bishop Smith Memorial College and Oja-Iya owned by ECWA in Ilorin are among the ten schools where wearing hijab is currently in disputed.
In his reaction, Rev. (Dr.) Vincent Akintunde, the Chairman, ECWA District Church Councils, said the issue of hijab was subtly introduced by Muslim groups into a case of ownership of the schools.
According to him, the case is still pending in court.
His words: “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 the government as a premature, ill-motived and gross violation of the rule of law.”
Meanwhile, his Anglican counterpart has equally vowed not to change the doctrines of the church and the foundation laid by the founding fathers of their school.