Muslim Teachers Not Rejected in Christian Schools – Oyo CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged the leadership of the National Assembly to suspend a bill before the House of Representatives seeking to institutionalise the use of hijab in the country. It said the bill is ill-timed and uncalled for. “The bill titled: ‘Religious Discrimination (Prohibition, Prevention) Bill, 2021’ is seeking to provide a mechanism for enforcing certain provisions of the Constitution and other international laws that recognise the right of female to adorn hijab in public and private establishments.

The Oyo State chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Thursday, faulted the reports in some quarters that some newly-recruited teachers posted to some Christian schools were rejected.


This also came as the Christian body lauded strides of Governor Seyi Makinde of the state in various sectors of the economy, ranging from infrastructural development, security, employment of thousands of teachers, prompt payment of salaries and pensions to amicable resolutions of various crises in the state.


These were part of resolutions reached at the end of the General Assembly meeting of CAN which was hosted by the Atiba Local Government chapter of the body at the Cathedral of St. Michael, Esiele, Oyo Town.

Muslim Teachers Not Rejected in Christian Schools - Oyo CAN
Muslim Teachers Not Rejected in Christian Schools – Oyo CAN

According to the communique released and signed by Apostle (Col.) Joshua Akinyemiju (Rtd.) and Princess C. U. Abiola who are Chairman and Secretary respectively, the meeting was held under God and the leading of the Holy Spirit and under the Chairmanship of Apostle (Col.) Joshua Akinyemiju (Rtd.), JP.


In attendance were the State Executive Council members, Bloc Leaders, Bloc Representatives, Zonal and Local Government Coordinators and Secretaries and other Dignitaries.

There were a welcome address by the host local government, an address by the State Chairman, exhortation and prayer Session and the plenary session.


According to the communique, “The rumour of rejection of Muslim teachers in some Christian schools is unfounded, based on our investigations in the affected schools”.


While lauding the governor’s strides, the religious body said: ”The body observes as follows: Oyo State Chapter of CAN commends and appreciates the efforts of the present administration under the able leadership of His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde in the areas of employment, security, infrastructural development, education, health care services and payment of workers’ salary and retirement benefits of pensioners as and when due.


“The employment of 5,000 teachers on merit is unprecedented in the history of Oyo State. The amicable resolution of the ownership issue of LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, and the effort to make it a conventional university is highly commendable. The way the State managed the Covid-19 Pandemic is worthy of commendation. We appreciate the way the government handled the Shasaha Market imbroglio”.


Continuing, the religious body said, ”The government intervention on farmers/Fulanis’ crisis in Ibarapa axis of the state is appreciated.


“The reconstruction of Akesan Market after the fire accident is worthy of note.

“We commend the government on the massive construction and rehabilitation of roads across the state”.


However, the body appealed to the government to urgently and proactively tackle insecurity in the entire state.


Muslim Teachers Not Rejected in Christian Schools - Oyo CAN
Muslim Teachers Not Rejected in Christian Schools – Oyo CAN

“On the issue of wearing of hijab in our public schools, CAN stands on the already existing policy in the state”, it added.


Speaking on the forth coming Local Government elections, the body appealed to Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) and the government to make it free, fair and credible.


CAN also urged the government to put more efforts in ensuring peaceful coexistence of religious bodies in the state.


“We appeal to the government to give all necessary support to farmers so as to make Oyo State the food basket for the South West and the Nation at large”, it added.

The Christian leaders prayed to God to guide the governor in order to take the state to an enviable height.

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