Chris Steven, Abuja
The last has not been heard about the crisis over the use of hijab by female Muslim students in public secondary schools in the State of Osun as the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has challenged the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to go to Court to appeal the ruling that granted the use of hijab in the state.
Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Lakin Akintola said the Christian body should approach the court rather than inciting minors to misdemeanors and encouraging disorderliness in the state.
Professor Akintola who spoke in Abuja at the 10th annual Ramadan lecture organized by the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) Abuja chapter was responding to a statement by the newly elected President of CAN, Reverend Supo Ayokunle that the body was waiting for Governor Rauf Aregbesola of State of Osun to expel Christian students for wearing church uniforms to schools.
He said ” I want to repeat that if CAN has gone to the Court of Appeal, we are waiting for them. The Supreme Court is there. We would all go to the highest Court in the land. But they should not think that the Muslims would withdraw for them”.
While lamenting that the Christian body that used to accuse Muslims in the country of being lawless is now encouraging and inciting minors to disturb the peace of the society, he argued that the leadership of CAN is acting against the teachings of the Bible.
His words :” I think that it is a shame of the nation that the same people that used to accuse Muslims of lawlessness, are the same people encouraging and inciting minors to disturb the peace.
I think CAN is at the end of its tethers. Now that we know that CAN National is stepping into it, it is becoming interesting. But it is very unfortunate that the scripture will say one thing and the religious leaders would be doing another.
The book of Islam, the Quran in Chapter 24verses 30-31,commands Muslim women to use hijab and Muslims are following that command. The Book of Corinthians Chapter 11 verses 4-12 commands Christian women to cover their hair “
The Islamic scholar who maintained that the use of hijab is a fundamental human right of Muslim women urged Muslims in the State of Osun to continue to live peacefully with their Christian neighbours.
“We would implore our Muslim brothers in the State of Osun, the sisters in the state to continue to live peacefully, co-exist peacefully with their Christian neighbours. We will not support violence. They should continue in that lawful path they have chosen, “Professor Akintola said.