By Demola Akinyemi
Following the protests by muslim college students in Christian faculties 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 embrace the return of their faculties and no use of hijab and that CAN doesn’t need the colleges to lose the identification of being constructed and owned by Church buildings.
Authorities’s closure of the colleges was prompted by protest on Friday, by lots of of feminine college students who put Hijab on their heads, and have been turned again to their numerous houses.
The ten Christian-built faculties have been closed to forestall breaking of regulation and order as a result of the truth that some teams of Muslims vowed to forcefully impact the usage of hijab by feminine college students within the affected christian faculties which the Christians resisted a day earlier than the colleges’ closure.
The properly attended prayer session by members from numerous items and denominations was held Sunday, February 21, 2021 at St. Barnabas Anglican Cathedral, Sabo-Oke, Ilorin.
Whereas awaiting authorities pronouncement on the problem after sequence of assembly, CAN leaders referred to as out members to hope to God for final resolution.
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 fearful.
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 individuals to consider in God who by no means forsake his personal individuals. He gave the instance of Gideon who was nearly going into hiding earlier than he was strengthened to face the challenges forward and conquered.
“We now have reached a degree in Kwara during which Christians are simply residing to outlive. Why? What occurred on Thursday and Friday in respect of tried enforcement and resistance of hijab in Christian-built faculties will make anybody to really feel sorry for the state,” he remarked.
He reminded all: “God is with us. We now have 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 faculties and that no use of hijab in our faculties,” and that CAN doesn’t need the colleges to lose the identification 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 situation was a topic of rivalry within the regulation courtroom within the state. He subsequently implored the individuals to hurt themselves with reality and safeguard towards false impression.
The gathering additionally prayed for unity of the Church, for peace in Nigeria and Kwara State specifically. Prayers have been stated for blessings, braveness and boldness in religion..
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