The Kwara State chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, said the violent attack on some churches in Ilorin, State capital on Wednesday was caused by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
Kwara is embroiled in a religious crisis over the use of Hijab by female students in Christian mission schools culminating in the closure of all secondary schools in the state by the government.
The face-off was fuelled by the Supreme Court’s order that status quo should be maintained, an equivocal directive that aggravated the already tensed atmosphere.
It came to a head yesterday as hoodlums believed to be Muslims attacked churches in Surulere area alongside Christian faithful, a situation CAN blamed on Gov. Abdulrazaq via a statement its General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, released.
It partly read, “We learnt that the state government has ordered the reopening of the closed schools without resolving the crisis and consequently, churches and mission schools are being vandalised with impunity by the hoodlums banking on the state government’s support in the pretext of enforcing the policy.
“Some innocent Christians are being violently abused and attacked under the watch of the governor who is playing ostrich. The Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, should be held responsible if the matter degenerates because it was his pronouncement on the issue of hijab wearing in violation of the court directive on the matter to maintain status quo until the matter is finally resolved by the court that led to this trouble.
“It is disheartening and unfortunate that a government that was installed democratically will become insensitive to the plight and the yearning of the people as if the governor was voted into the office primarily to protect his own religion. This is unfair, ungodly and reprehensible.
“There are public schools and schools that belong to some Islamic organisations where those who wanted to be wearing hijab can be attending without causing the ongoing needless crisis rocking the state.
“CAN once again calls on Governor Abdulrazaq to give peace a chance in the state by ordering his hoodlums to stop attacking mission schools and churches in Kwara State before the situation degenerates into an unprecedented religious crisis.
“We also call on the Federal Government and the Inspector-General of Police to ask the Kwara State Government to respect the rule of law in order to avoid a chaotic situation.”