By Demola Akinyemi
Following the protests by Muslim college students in Christian colleges over their stoppage to make use of hijab, the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) has chosen the choice of praying to God in order to have peaceable options to the controversy.
Christians in Kwara State are making some key calls for which embody the return of their colleges and no use of hijab and that CAN doesn’t need the faculties to lose the id of being constructed and owned by church buildings.
The federal government’s closure of the faculties was prompted by a protest on Friday, by a whole lot of feminine college students who put Hijab on their heads, and have been turned again to their numerous houses.
The ten Christian-built colleges have been closed to breaking of legislation and order as a result of the truth that some teams of Muslims vowed to forcefully impact using hijab by feminine college students within the affected Christian colleges which the Christians resisted a day earlier than the faculties’ closure.
The well-attended prayer session by members from numerous models and denominations was held Sunday, February 21, 2021, at St. Barnabas Anglican Cathedral, Sabo-Oke, Ilorin.
Whereas awaiting authorities pronouncement on the problem after collection of conferences, CAN leaders known as out members to wish to God for the last word answer.
Rev Fr. Ralph Ajewole, Chairman, CAN Ecumenism who gave the transient on the rationale for the gathering, stated, it was for the trustworthy to boost their voices to the Lord in unison, giving the instance of how Israelites do overcome in battle.
He reminded Christians that “God is with us in dealing with the present challenges as he has at all times been,” charging them by no means to be drained or apprehensive.
After Bible lesson from 2nd Chronicle 20:15 – 22, which was taken by Evangelist Mary Okoye, Rev Dr. S. O. James of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Sabo-Oke, Ilorin gave the exhortation.
Rev James charged the folks to imagine in God who by no means forsake his personal folks. He gave the instance of Gideon who was virtually going into hiding earlier than he was strengthened to face the challenges forward and conquered.
“We have now reached a stage in Kwara wherein Christians are simply dwelling to outlive. Why? What occurred on Thursday and Friday in respect of tried enforcement and resistance of hijab in Christian-built colleges will make anybody to really feel sorry for the state,” he remarked.
He reminded all: “God is with us. We have now Him as Israelites have Him. He has promised to be our God and He has superior energy.” He enjoined Christians to go in may as a united physique of Christ.
Of their submissions, Rev. J. S. Dada, President, Kwara Baptist Conference and Rev Rueben Ibitoye, State Secretary of CAN stated, Christians in Kwara State are making two key calls for: “The return of our colleges and that no use of hijab in our colleges,” and that CAN doesn’t need the faculties to lose the id of being constructed and owned by Church buildings.
Barrister Shina Ibiyemi, CAN Authorized Adviser, who elucidated on the authorized angle of the controversy stated, there was by no means any time the hijab challenge was a topic of competition within the legislation courtroom within the state. He, subsequently, implored the folks to hurt themselves with truth and safeguard towards false impression.
The gathering additionally prayed for the unity of the church, for peace in Nigeria and Kwara State specifically. Prayers have been stated for blessings, braveness, and boldness in religion
In addition they prayed for a secured society and for Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to heed CAN’s name and make do his promise of answering their requests.
Among the many anointed ministers of the gospel who led the trustworthy in prayer have been Rev Gabriel Olaoye, Rev S A Adedayo, Rev J S Owoeye, Rev Abel Aiyedogbon, Very Rev. Shokoya, Rev Noah Adeosun, Rev Malomo, Pastor Mrs. Ibitoye, who led the reward worship.
The state authorities had insisted by means of the assertion of Secretary to the State Authorities, Prof Mamma Saba Jibril that the ten grant-aided colleges in Ilorin, are to stay shut pending announcement of the state authorities’s place on using the Muslim head overlaying (hijab) within the colleges.
“That is to avert any breakdown of legislation and order whereas the federal government concludes consultations with related stakeholders. Members of the general public are urged to stay calm and peaceable. Official pronouncement of presidency’s place is probably going this week,” the assertion careworn.