Kwara community calls for a peaceful resolution

The Ijagbo community of Oyun Local Government Area in Kwara State have urged outside forces who are feasting on the hijab uniform crisis at Ijagbo Baptist High School to allow a peaceful resolution of the issues that have led to the unfortunate crisis.

Recall that the protesting parents of Christian and Muslim students at Ijagbo Baptist High School clashed over the use or not of the hijab in the school and that one person was reported dead while several others were injured in the fray.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has since set up a committee to investigate the crisis, among other steps he has taken to restore normality at the government-subsidized school.

Stakeholders from the Ijagbo community recently held a large school development meeting and far-reaching decisions were made after the meeting.

A communiqué containing the resolutions of the meeting was issued by the National Secretary and the National Public Relations Officer of the Union of Descendants of Ijagbo, respectively Emmanuel Fatola and Wole Alawode, was made available to the PUNCH correspondent at Ilorin this weekend.

The statement reads, among other things: “We advise outside forces who are reveling in the school uniform crisis to allow a peaceful resolution of the issues that led to the unfortunate crisis.

“We also urge all indigenous and city dwellers, Christians and Muslims, to continue to live in peace and reject divisions within a united and progressive family.

The community, which condemned the violence and loss of life at the school on Thursday, February 3, 2022, noted that “the Ijagbo people are one and will not be divided by religious misunderstandings.”

The Community recalls that “peaceful coexistence is historic and legendary between people of different religious faiths in the city of Ijagbo.

“We find that members of the same family, and even siblings, from the same parents, belong to different religions without this negatively affecting their family relationships.”

The Ijagbo community also commended the efforts of the Kwara State Government “to maintain peace in the state and pray for divine wisdom that the government will promptly and definitively resolve all issues related to the delicate balance of interests religious”.

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