Hijab Crisis In Kwara State: Does this fight really matter?

Cataract is the third largest blindness; Religion and Politics remain the first two. Nigeria is populated by the adherents of Islam, Christianity and African Traditional Religion, though, the Nigeria Constitution recognizes only both Islam & Christianity. See section 38 of CFRN _(as amended 2011)._ From 1977 till recent time, as I had sense of, it has been said to be a religion crisis; that the adherents of three religions, especially Muslims and Christians are often engaged in conflicts, leading to lose of lives and property. A day hardly passes without the adherents of these two religions engaging in one conflict or the other. The religious scenario in Nigeria has assumed a violent dimension, leading to suicide bombing, loss of innocent lives and property. As a matter of fact, the first Civil War of 1967- 1970 Nigeria experienced emanated as a result of the religious intolerance. This Civil War was headed by two Christians: Gowon and Odumegwu Ojukwu (Pope Paul^I).

Anyway, this writer is not by any means trying to be in gallery by prioritizing one religion to the other, absolutely No!. Besides, Yusuf Ali said among many other things that _“what parameter is used to gauge the best religion?”_. I believe you will agree with me that hijab crisis has been an occurrence issue overtime in our Christians-Named Public Schools within the length and breath of Kwara State, Ilorin in particular. The schools involve Cherubim and Seraphim College, ST. Anthony College, ECWA School, Surulere Baptist Secondary School, Bishop Smith Secondary School, CAC Secondary School, St. Barnabas Secondary School, St. John School, St. Williams Secondary School and St. James Secondary School.

This to me, is akin to abnormality. Abnormality in the sense that: why does it have to be the issue of wearing hijab or not that haunts us continuously and annually?. Fine it was held that hijab is traditional to a female Muslim, is it otherwise to a female Christian? No!. Available with us here are three important points supporting the traditionality of Head Covers amongst the Christian females during the Apostle Saint Paul’s teachings:

1. St. Paul emphasizes the head covering’s symbol of man’s authority over the woman through his precise use of language. St. Paul refers to the “cover” over the women’s head, not as a chapel veil or mantilla, but as a “power” or “authority” (Greek, exousian). This is why the veil is placed “over” her head.

2. St. Paul’s teaching on head coverings for women in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 is bracketed by his teaching on the Holy Eucharist (1 Cor 10:16-21 and 1 Cor. 11:23-30) which he declares to “have received of the Lord” (1 Cor 11:23). Because both teachings (head coverings and the Eucharist) relate to the liturgy further underscores that the head covering requirement, like the instructions on the Eucharist, are divine commands from God that must be perpetually maintained. And

3. In 1 Cor 11:10, St. Paul adds that the woman should wear a covering not only for the sake of the man, but also “because of the angels.” This fact also reveals the head covering requirement is a divine command and a spiritual duty which transcends cultural or scietal factors. This also puts the head covering practice in the context of the Holy Mass, where the angels witness the eternal sacrifice (cf. Heb 12:22; 1 Pet 1:12; 1 Cor 4:9).

So what the qualms all about or have they not read these perhaps in the Bible? Why is it that when the matter is of religion we always discharge ourselves to paleocortex (brain that tells to fight or flight on something) when we have supposed to use neocortex (right thinking brain of making amity) instead? Why the Muslims and Christian adherents would always choose war over peace, thereby threatening peaceful co-existence and nationality amongst many host of other related issues? Religion, we believe should liberate us not to enslave us. I must say, we have been enslaved by religion, no doubt ! Religion should be treated like a garb (clothes) that should be removed whenever issue of National development is concerned. In the book, “African Traditional Heritage in Christians Interpretations.” Abeoje posits that: _“Religion will not save man but his consciousness.”_ On this I take a reliance.

Thank you!

WRITTEN: By AbdulRauf AbdulBasit Obisesan
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18th of March, 2021.

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Mahmud Sufiyan also known as TaekPoet in the literary world. He is a writer of short stories, a poet, haiku Lover and martial artist.



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