The Christian Council says discrimination of Muslim students in some institutions needs consensus to resolve it.
The Christian Council of Ghana has noted the current concerns expressed by her Muslim brothers and sisters over the use of hijab (veils) in our educational institutions and calls for consensus building in addressing it.
This concern was visibly demonstrated when some Muslim brothers and sisters staged a demonstration last Friday in Takoradi to express their displeasure over the fact that some Muslim female students were being prevented from wearing their hijab in our educational institutions.
In addressing this religious issue, the Council pleads with the National Peace Council, religious leaders and the Ghana Education Service to begin to look into the issue and build a consensus around it.
The Council is happy to note that, the National Peace Council has already taken up the issue and is working at resolving it to ensure peace.
We ask our political parties not to take political advantage of the issue and avoid making any hasty political decision or comments without broadly engaging the key stakeholders.
The Council is of the opinion that the issue should be left with the National Peace Council, religious leaders and the Ghana Education Service to resolve amicably.
We are of the view that in dealing with this issue, we should also address other fundamental human rights issues that have to do with our faiths in our various educational institutions in the country which others in some Islamic institutions have also complained about.
We also admonish our members to remain calm, and remember that we have addressed similar issues peacefully in the past and we are well able to resolve this amicably.
As a Council, we are willing to cooperate with the National Peace Council, Muslim leaders and the Ghana Education Service in building a consensus, and we admonish all stakeholders to actively get involved.
We admonish everyone with these words from Hebrews 12:14a “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone”.
Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong