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03/18/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The President of Kwara Baptist Conference, Reverend Victor Dada, has made a statement alleging an attack against Christians protesting the wearing of hijab in Christian Schools.

Reverend Victor Dada’s statement reads as follows:

“Christians who were today at First Baptist Church Surulere, Ilorin on peaceful demonstration with drums and trumpets, came under serious attack by Muslim fundamentalists who mobilized themselves and louts in large numbers to attack us.”  

“More than 20 people (including four Pastors) were wounded with three hospitalized. 

“The fundamentalist in the presence of security officials vehemently attempted to burn the church and when repelled, threatened to burn the church either during the day or at night. 

“They doused the church gate with petrol and vandalized the auditorium. They also went ahead to vandalize The Apostolic Church, Eruda, Ilorin, a church without any grant-aided school.” 

According to a recent article written by Premium Times reporter Alfred Olufemi, the Kwara state government reopened schools on Wednesday after closing down ten schools on February 19th due to the hijab controversy.

While the church maintains the position that the wearing of hijab is not permitted at the mission schools, founded by Christian missionaries, the Kwara government granted the approval of the use of hijab in all public schools in the state.

Protests followed the government announcement, with Christians standing firm on Reverend Victor Dada’s and other Christian leaders’ stance that the “body condemns the use of hijab in Christian missions grant-aided schools as this will cause discrimination in schools and allow terrorist to easily identify our children and wards.”  

International Christian Concern is continuously monitoring the truth of these reports and will follow up with any additional information. Please continue to pray for peace in Nigeria, for the Lord to comfort those being persecuted, and for the government to protect its Christian citizens.

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