The Christian Council of Ghana has advised politicians not to take advantage of the controversy surrounding the wearing of the Hijab (veil) by Muslim students in government schools.
The wearing of the Hijab by Muslim girls in government schools has been a source of controversy for some time now and the matter reached a crescendo last Friday when Muslims in the Western Region staged a peaceful protest over the matter. The Ministry of Communication was then compelled to a release statement, threatening to sanction school heads who infringe on the right of Muslims in relation to the wearing of the Hijab as well as forcing Muslims to attend churches while in school.
However, a statement signed by the General Secretary of the Christian Council, Reverend Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, said the issue be left with the National Peace Council, religious leaders and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to resolve amicably.
“We ask our political parties not to take political advantage of the issue and also avoid making any hasty political decision or comments without broadly engaging key stakeholders,” it said.
According to the Council, in addressing the issue, the National Peace Council, religious leaders and the Ghana Education Service must look into the issue and build a consensus around it.
“We are of the view that in dealing with the issue, we should also address other fundamental human right issues that have to do with our faiths in various educational institutions in the country which others in some Islamic schools have also complained about,” the council noted.
According to the Christian Council, it is willing to cooperate with the National Peace Council, Muslims leaders and the
Ghana Education Service in building consensus and that all stakeholders should get involved.
The statement admonished everyone with the words from the Book of Hebrews 12 :14a “make every effort to live in peace with everyone.
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