Concerned about the worrisome trend the hijab issue is assuming in Osun, authorities of the Department of State Security (DSS), on Thursday, held a meeting with the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Femi Olanipekun, officials of the Baptist Church, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and representatives of the government.
Nigerian Tribune authoritatively gathered that the parley, which lasted several hours, was aimed at dousing the increasing tension generated over the wearing of hijab and church garments to public schools in the state.
An Osun State High Court, presided over by Justice Jide Falola had on June 3, 2016 ruled that female Muslim students in Osun public schools have rights to wear hijab to their school premises.
But, yesterday’s meeting held at the office of the state director of DSS, Mr Ike Madagwana, almost ended in a deadlock as Baptist Church officials stormed out of the venue in a protest.
Attendees at the meeting included the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Olanipekun, representatives of the state government, who were the immediate past commissioners for Information and Strategy, Hon Sunday Akere and his counterpart in the Ministry of Justice, Mr Wale Afolabi.
Nigerian Tribune gathered that hot argument ensued between the Baptist Church officials and the heads of the security agencies when the former declared that they were not in a position to hold meeting with the security, explaining that only the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), which is the umbrella body of Christians, could attend such parley.
Commenting on the development, the state police Commissioner, Mr Olanipekun, informed journalists that “there was a peaceful meeting between the Christian body and the security agencies in the state to restore peace between Christians and Muslims in the state.”
He further explained that the Christian leaders were charged to live in harmony with Muslims in the state, assuring that very soon “we would also hold meeting with the Muslim leaders on the issue at hand.”