Hijab Crisis: Drama in Osun as Pupils Wear Church Garments to Public School


Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo

The Hijab crisis took a new dimension on Tuesday in Osun state as some students , appeared in their schools in choir robes and other church garments.

The appearance of students of Baptist High School, Iwo ,in Iwo Local government area of the state in their different church vestments caused confusion in the school as other students who were in their school uniform praised them.

The students, suspected to be Christians who wore white garments sown into choir gowns, stormed their classes without being prevented by their teachers.

Also, some female Muslim students who appeared in veil (hijab) equally gained access to the school without restriction.

A visit to the school by our correspondent saw a male student wearing a white robe around 8:30am before other students arrived the school in their white and purple choir robes.

As they were gaining entry to the school premises unhindered by the security man manning the gate, some other students dressed in white Celestial Church suntana, also appeared in the school as this commanded encomium from their colleagues.

Also female Muslim students of the school wore hijab on their uniforms and some members of the Christian Association of Nigeria were in the school to monitor the reaction of the teachers to the strange mode of dressing of their children.

THISDAY noted that no student was chased out of the classes for not appearing in their school uniforms as the teachers were seen teaching every student despite the religious clothes they wore.

The students, on their part, were sighted sitting together peacefully while the class was ongoing despite their varying clothes.

When THISDAY visited Salvation Army Middle School, Alekunwodo, around 7:40am, Muslim female stuents who wore veils (hijab) were allowed access to the school just as some members of Christian Association of Nigeria in the state were at the school gate to ensure that no Christian student was chased out of school if seen wearing choir garment.