A group, Muslim Rights Campaign (MURIC), on Tuesday, urged Muslim and Christian leaders in Osun State to work together for peace in resolving the controversy over the recent Hijab judgment, which allowed the wearing of hijab in public schools.
The appeal was contained in a statement by the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, made available to journalists in Osogbo.
Akintola implored adherents of both religions to act in accordance with their doctrines by shunning rancour and action capable of precipitating crisis in the state.
According to him, “there is little or no difference between the Muslim hijab and the Catholic nun’s veil. Instead of this rancour, we advise synergy between Christian and Muslim doctrinal teachings.
“The root of religious crisis can be traced to the lacuna between scriptural teachings and the practice among adherents of Christianity and Islam. Although both religions teach love and peaceful coexistence, the practitioners do the opposite,” Akintola asserted.
While warning faithful of both religions against the aftermath of crisis, he tasked Osun State Police Command to be on alert, stressing that “the police must not abdicate its responsibility. MURIC warned not too long ago that the so-called peaceful coexistence that exists in the South West is a very thin veneer.
“Nigeria has experienced enough religious crises. We have lost thousands of our compatriots including properties worth billions of dollars. Neither economic growth nor political stability can be achieved without peace”, Akintola added.