Tension in Osun over Hijab


*Govt says CAN’s allegation against it unfortunate

Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo

Palpable tension engulfed some schools in different parts of Osun State, including Osogbo, the state capital, on Thursday over the use of hijab by female Muslim students during school hours.

Already, the state government has contended that CAN’s allegation against it over a court judgement on the wearing of hijab in public schools is unfortunate

The Principal of Christ African Middle School, Osogbo, Mrs. Micha, was said to have sent some female Muslim students who used hijab out of the school.

THISDAY learnt that a Muslim female teacher pleaded with her to allow the students to stay with their hijab but the principal refused to listen.

When some members of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria heard about the development, they mobilised themselves with intent to storm the school but the timely intervention of Osun State Muslim community averted the crisis that would have happened if they had not been stopped.

It would be noted that a judge of Osun State High Court, Justice Jide Falola, had delivered a judgement last Friday in favour of a case instituted by Osun State Muslim Community against the State Government on the right of female Muslim students in public schools in the state to use hijab on their school uniforms.

However, the Osun State branch of Christian Association Nigeria faulted the judgement and vowed to appeal the matter in the higher court.

Further details later