Don’t turn Osun into religious battle ground, group warns CAN

By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo

A group, Centre for Cultural and Religious Rights, CECURR has called on the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in not to turn Osun into religious battle ground.

In a statement issued on Sunday by the National Coordinator, Mr. Debo Adeniran the group said the situation has become worrisome to all peace loving indigene of the state who are watching development from the sidelines.

CAN in the state has been locked in a battle of wit with the state government over a court judgment giving female Muslim students in state the privilege to wear head scarf called Hijab.

The development prompted the leadership of CAN to order Christian students to wear religious attires to schools.

Appraising the development, CECURR in the statement obtained by BLACKFACE on Sunday expressed worry that if the situation is not properly handled, the situation might degenerate into chaos and wreck untold havoc in the hitherto peaceful state.

Adeniran advised that the state government to ensure that religious differences does not tamper with the secular status of the country and government owned institutions as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.

He said “government should avoid any situation that could allow religious sentiments to sip into governance issues or policies as this could become counter-productive and may lead to catastrophic outcomes.”

“We encourage the Osun state government to act fast before the present situation degenerates into anarchy by calling for dialogue and arbitration to intervene in the unfolding scenario beyond legalism and other issues that won’t matter when the latently looming chaos comes into bold relief.” the CECURR Coordinator added

“CECURR calls on all parties involved in the crisis to eschew violence and altercations and imbibe peaceful means of resolving the imbroglio as none of the parties stand to gain anything significant should the situation escalate beyond the present state.” Adeniran concluded

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