From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) has condemned agitation of Christian’s group in Kwara State that all Christian’s schools should be returned to their proprietors.
IEDPU also threatened to demand for all land within Ilorin Emirate which were acquired by government and allocated to Christian elements in the state in the name of public interest if affected schools were returned.
The national president of the union, Alhaji Abdulhamid Adi, who stated this while addressing journalists in Ilorin at a press conference, said the distribution of forms to Muslims pupils in affected schools to comply with the dictates of Christian faith was not only an affront to government but brazen disregard of the Nigerian constitution.
“We are particularly worried because the architects of this avoidable problem are supposed ordinarily to be well-informed about the prevailing laws affecting their mischievous demand and the need to follow due process in their clandestine goals, instead of seeking self-help or taking the laws into their hands.
“It is equally surprising that hardly had the executive governor of the state sued for patience and peace at a stakeholders meeting than the “aggrieved” group thought it wise to initiate a process of disrupting the much cherished religious peace being enjoyed in Kwara state.
“We equally regard it as an open confrontation against the people of the emirate, who form the majority of the population of pupils and teachers in the affected schools.
“In the light of this, we implore the agitators of the return of faith-based schools to exercise more patience while the legal process of achieving their dreams progresses. It is important to note that problems have never been solved through confrontation but rather, through dialogue.”
The union which commended Kwara state government for its prompt action towards arresting the ugly trend insisted that any attempt to tactfully prevent children from the Emirate from practising their faith as provided for by the constitution.
IEDPU warned trouble makers who want to cause trouble to jettison the idea, stressing that the union would not have any option than to demand for their land.