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CAN Appeals To Lagos Govt To Reverse Court Ruling On Hijab

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Posted: Jul 24, 2016 at 1:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chinyere Abiaziem

The Lagos State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has expressed displeasure over Thursday’s Court of Appeal ruling (by a special five man panel presided by Justice Ali Gumel) to lift the ban on Muslim female students wearing hijab (Muslim female head cover) to public primary and secondary schools in the state, thereby appealing to the state government to take all legal steps immediately in reversing the judgment, as not doing so will imply Islamising the state.

In a statement signed and made available to Independent Sunday, by the chapter’s secretary, Elder (Dr.) Israel Akinadewo, the association stated that the state was a cosmopolitan one, in which the development and peace, all have witnessed over the years, can be credited to the cordial relationship between the leadership of the Christians and Muslims, and also their cooperation with successive governments.
“Some of these public schools are missionary schools, bearing Christian names; hence any implementation of this judgment is tantamount to Islamising the state of excellence.
“The Christian and Muslim leaders are both members of Nigeria Inter-religious Council (NIREC) in Lagos, and we have worked perfectly well together. We can only appeal to the State Government to take all legal steps immediately, in reversing this judgment, before the Mega City vision for Lagos State is destroyed through religious extremism.
“There should be a standard dress code for all, to be made public for all students who attend public schools in Lagos State. Tax payers’ monies are used for the establishment and running of these schools, hence religious dress codes should not be allowed under any circumstance. This is even with the fact that religious bodies can establish private schools, and the demands of their religion can then be effectively implemented,” the statement reads in part.
Two 12-year-old girls, Asiyat Kareem and Mariam Oyeniyi of Aturase Junior High School, Surulere had through the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), instituted the suit on May 27, 2013 against the state government, after which on 17 October, 2014  the judgment by Justice Modupe Onyeabor of an Ikeja High Court banned the use of hijab in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos State.