UI Hijab Crisis: Christian Parents, Ifa Priest Storm DVC's Office
The hijab crisis at the University of Ibadan International School took a new twist on Wednesday.
Christian, Muslim and traditional worshipers have marched to the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Prof. Adeyinka Aderinto, to register their compalint against the Muslim Parents Forum.
The forum had been championing the wearing of hijab by female Muslim pupils.
Members of the Muslim Parents Forum had twice in the last 10 days distributed hijab to their female pupils against the school’s prescribed dress code.
The Muslim parents had written a letter to the school management and governing board, stating that their female pupils must be allowed to wear hijab on their school uniforms.
The letter was entitled: ‘Notification of Muslim Parents’ Resolution on Hijab for our Muslim Girls in ISI’.
Their agitation and the attendant threat to peace led to the indefinite shutdown of the school on Monday.
Series of meetings, including that of the Parent-Teacher Association, which the Muslim parents attended but left midway following irreconcilable differences with the school management and other stakeholders, could not douse the tension.
On Wednesday, many placard-carrying parents, including an Ifa priest and researcher, who is also the father of two pupils in the school, Awosanmi Abe, condemned the approach of the Muslim parents to the issue of hijab.
The protesting parents said wearing of hijab in the 55-year-old school was capable of dividing the students along religious lines.
The protesters described as dangerous a situation where little children were being made to discriminate against each other along religious, ethnic and other sentiments.
They accused the Muslim parents of attempting to disrupt the school’s academic activities as well as the love and unity shared by students.
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