The Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the State has called for calm on the controversy on the use of hijab that created fear among the teachers and students of some Christians missionary schools in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Friday.
The party in a statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Tunde Ashaolu, stressed the need for all parties involved to be tolerant, exercise caution and not allow wearing of hijab to cause enemity between the two religious.
The party also emphasised the need for all parties to respect subsisting court ruling on the matter, noting that any party that is not satisfied with the judgement, should seek redress in court instead of taking laws into their own hands.
“Kwara is well known as a state of harmony and people of the State have been living in peace and unity. We must therefore not allow the issue of hijab to spark religious crisis in Ilorin or any part of the State.
“We call on all parties involved to exercise caution, tolerance, respect one another and not allow the issue to create tension and enmity between members of the Muslims and Christians.
“We must also be careful not to sow seed of discord in the minds of innocent young school students.
“We understand that there is a subsisting court ruling on this matter. We therefore appeal to all concerned parties to respect and abide by this judgement. Any party that is not satisfied with the order should seek redress at the court and not take law into their own hands, in the interest of peace and stability of our State. Ours is a society that is guided by laws.
“Our party also calls on the State Government to be proactive, handle the matter with utmost caution and not allow it degenerate into crisis. We implore the Government to learn from how previous administrations were able to manage the matter.
“The government must ensure quick resolution of the matter that will see students of affected schools return to their classes without further delay. The school closure has already caused interrupted learning for the students, and we can’t afford to let them stay home longer.” the statement added.