From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
Baptist Church in Nigeria has registered its discontent with the recent judgement of the Supreme Court that permitted the use of hijabs in schools in Lagos.
Leader of Baptist Church in FCT, Dr. Dogara Gwana, who addressed journalists in Abuja, on Thursday, said Supreme Court’s decision on the wearing of hijab in public schools did not go down well with Nigerian Christians, especially the Nigerian Baptist Convention.
He said: “All over the country, there are some schools that were established by some Islamic organizations which were taken over by the Federal government when the Christian missions’ schools were taken over. Yet till today, those schools with the Islamic origins are still maintaining their traditions and cultures. But their Christian counterparts are being denied such rights.
“This is why we are joining the Nigerian Baptist Convention in calling for the return of all Christian schools that were taken over by the government during military era. Returning these schools will help their original owners to restore sanity back to the system.
“The departure of the missionaries from running those schools remains the foundation of the dwindling fortunes and standards. We, therefore, call on government to return these schools to the original owners to run them with the original intended mission and purpose.”
He, however, warned against the alleged plans of some political parties to field candidates from same religion in the forthcoming presidential election, stating that such decision can cause serious criticism, acrimony and disaffection in the country.
He called on Nigerians to do whatever it could take to get their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) in order to be able to participate in the coming general election. “Praying is good but is not enough. We commend INEC’s efforts at making the registration easy by establishing more centres and booths.
“We are confident that the process leading to the elections will continue in the direction of fairness and justice.”