Lagos approves use of hijab in schools


The Lagos State Government has approved the use of hijab in public secondary schools in the state.
Muslim faithful had been agitating the use of hijabs in public secondary schools in the state, but the Lagos State Government had bluntly refused.
The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN, had gone to court to challenge government’s decision to ban hijab in schools and lost at the Lagos High Court.
The MSSN appealed the case at the Appeal Court and won, but the Lagos State Government went to the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling at the Appeal Court.
The case is still at the Supreme Court until the government decided to approved the use of hijab in schools pending the determination of the case at the Supreme Court.
The circular read in part: “Since the case of the use of Hijab in Lagos State is still pending in the Supreme court of Nigeria, status quo be maintained, to avoid contempt of the court, that is students be allowed to wear Hijabs on school uniforms but same must be short, smart, neat and in the same colour of the uniform (skirt).
“Furthermore, schools management are advised to downplay comments and disciplinary actions on the use of smart Hijabs until the final determination of the case by Supreme Court.
“No student should be discriminated against in any form on the basis of religion.
“All principals and teachers must be sensitized to comply accordingly. You are enjoined to adhere strictly to these recommendations.”

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