The controversy that has trailed the judgment of Justice Jide Falola on the use of hijab by Muslim students’ in public schools in Osun State continues today as the youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the State rejected the judgment in its entirety.
Arising from their emergency meeting held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 in ECWA Church, Osogbo and the communique made available to CityMirrorNews on Monday, June 13, 2016, the youths averred their total rejection of the judgment as it is capable of affecting the once cordial relations between the Christians and Muslims in the State.
Accordingly,” the Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria Osun State (YOWICAN -OS) that comprises of the five (5) blocs of CAN, which are CSN, CCN, OAIC, PFN/CPFN and ECWA/TEKAN, is using this medium to ask Osun State Government not to implement the judgement of Justice Saka Jide Falola which he delivered on Friday 3rd June, 2016 that Muslim female pupils in all public schools should be allowed to wear hijab to schools without any harassment or molestation.
“Justice Falola,s judgment is simply a violation of religious rights of the original owners of Christian missionary schools as agreed upon when the schools were taken over by Oyo State government in 1975.
“Also, we believe this is the process of Aregbesola islamization Agenda in the State which was earlier stated in 2012 by the Directorate of Military Intelligence and corroborated by OS-CAN in 2014. The Christian YOUTHS will oppose this dubious agenda.
“Implementing the judgment will show the whole world that Aregbesola led administration is trying to disturb the peace that the State is enjoying.
“We want to call on all the Security Operatives, DSS, Police, Civil Defence to advice the State Government accordingly on the security implication of implementing such judgment.
“We will like to emphasize that we are not challenging the right of Muslim students to wear hijab for the propagation of Islam in public schools.
“What we are saying is that this should not be extended to schools that are originally owned by Christian missions as contained in the Osun State NIREC agreement of 2014.
“Should the State government decide to implement the judgment; the State YOWICAN will mobilize and instruct all our YOUTHS in different Blocs and schools to start wearing their Christian garments and vestments as part of their school uniform for propagation of our faith.
“Osun State Government should take note. A word is enough for the virtuous”
This contrasts with the position of Muslim youths who over the weekend hails the judgment and started rebuking the Christian leadership in the State.
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