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Court Legalises Wearing Of Hijab In Osun Public Schools

Posted: Jun 4, 2016 at 4:31 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

An Osun state High Court has ruled in favour of State Muslim Community seeking Muslim Female Students in public primary and secondary schools in the state to wear hijab.

Justice Oyejide Falola, in the judgment he delivered in a case filed by the Osun State Muslim Community against the state government held that wearing hijab was part of the fundamental rights of Muslim female pupils. The state police command had deployed heavily armed policemen around the court premises as early as 7 a.m. in anticipation that there could be crisis after the judgment, but there was none.

Justice Jide Falola who gave the judgment cited Section 38 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution which stipulated the right of every individual to practise his or her religion in tandem with the religious faith. Falola said the Osun Muslim Community had dragged the Osun government to court to allow Muslim female students use hijab in public schools which had led to series of letters and accusation by counsel of both Muslim and Christian communities.

He said, the joining of Osun Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) into the suit, caused tension leading to several adjournments of the case and overruled the application filed by CAN. The judge ordered that every female Muslim student should be allowed to wear hijab in public schools as enshrined in her religious faith adding that the school authorities would determine colours of such hijabs to be used.