Court Permits Osun Students to Wear Hijab to School

An Osun State High Court on Friday ruled that Muslim female students in public primary and secondary schools in the state are now free to wear Hijab in their schools.

Delivering judgment in a case filed by the Osun State Muslim Community against the state government, the presiding judge, Justice Jide Falola held that wearing Hijab was part of the fundamental rights of Muslims’ female pupils.

The Osun State Muslim Community had dragged the state government to the court, seeking an order of the court to allow Muslim female students use hijab in public schools.

Joined in the suit are the Osun state government, the state Commissioner for Education, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice while the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, its chairman and others voluntarily joined as respondents.

It would be recalled that the use of hijab generated reactions in the state as most students wore masquerades’ masks to the school assembly heightening tension before the indefinite adjournment.

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