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Hijab controversy: Religious laws made for poor folks – Catholic priest

A Nigerian Catholic priest, Fr. Kelvin Ugwu has said that most laws created in the name of religion are meant for the poor and poor women....


A Nigerian Catholic priest, Fr. Kelvin Ugwu has said that most laws created in the name of religion are meant for the poor and poor women.

The Priest said this in a post via his Facebook account while reacting to the Hijab controversy in Kwara State.

It was reported that Christians and Muslims have been at loggerheads over the issue of hijab-wearing for female students in 10 government grant-aided missionary schools in Oyo State.

But the Malawi based priest while commenting on the crisis said what the rich folks do and walk away, ordinary, poor Muslims cannot do the same and go scot-free.

“Most of these unnecessary laws created in the name of religion are basically meant for the poor alone.

“You will never find the super-rich kids in schools where there will be foolish arguments like, whether it is mandatory to wear or not to wear Hijab.

“Also, what most of these rich folks will do, ordinary poor Muslims can’t do it and go free. Even in parishes, a rich man can comfortably come to church with his female kids all wearing trousers and a churchwarden oppressing the young poor girls in the village because of trousers will be the first to greet and compliment them.

“In 1990 to the year 2000, women were condemned to hell because they wore trousers. But now women no longer go to hell because of trousers because every woman now has trousers. Is it not a miracle?

“It saddens me sometimes because some of us make God look like one jobless old man sitting down with broken glasses, looking and taking records of who will wear whatever or not and this is absolutely not the case.

“People just make laws to favour certain groups of people to the detriment of other groups of people,” he said.



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