Christian School and Churches Attacked in Nigeria
The Daily Post has reported that a Christian school was attacked following a controversy over the wearing of hijab in mission schools, leading to a riot that spread to several other churches in the area.
The situation turned chaotic and violent when unidentified persons attempted to forcefully open the gate of the school, in the presence of security operatives.
Appeal for calm by the Chairman, state Teaching Service Commission, TESCOM, Malam Tauheed Bello, who addressed the angry crowd, fell on deaf ears.
Shortly after his address, another violent clash broke out following gunshots fired from inside Emmanuel Baptist church opposite C&S College Sabo Oke, at about 12.10pm, while the church was also pelted with stones and other objects.
The violence spread to St Barnabas LGEA primary school and some churches in the area as people armed with cutlasses and broken bottles went on a rampage.
The Christian community also mobilized its own forces to counter the attack in a bid to protect their people and property.
According to a recent article written by Premium Times reporter Alfred Olufemi, the Kwara state government reopened ten schools on Wednesday after closing down on February 19th due to the hijab controversy.
While the church maintains the position that the wearing of hijab is not permitted at the mission schools, founded by Christian missionaries, the Kwara government granted the approval of the use of hijab in all public schools in the state.
Protests followed the government announcement, with Christians standing firm on Reverend Victor Dada’s and other Christian leaders’ stance that the “body condemns the use of hijab in Christian missions grant-aided schools as this will cause discrimination in schools and allow terrorist to easily identify our children and wards.”