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Muslim students slam Lagos AG over hijab statement

22 September 2016, 21:29

Lagos - The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria Lagos State Area Unit (MSSN Lagos) has bemoaned the Lagos State Government of allegedly misinforming the public about the judgment of the Court of Appeal granting scholars the right to wear hijab in public schools.

The Amir (president) of the MSSN Lagos, Saheed Ashafa, said this while reacting to a statement credited to the Lagos State Attorney-General (AG) and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, who is quoted as saying the right to wear the clothing had not been granted.

Ashafa explained that the position of the AG was not only misinforming but also lacked substance.

He recalled the Court of Appeal in its judgment of July 21 upturned the judgment of the High Court of Lagos State by granting the use of hijab.

Also read: Muslims laud Osun landmark verdict on hijab

“The statement by the AG is a misrepresentation of the Court of Appeal judgment. It is manipulative and contains falsehood, and it (the statement) is an obvious attempt to mislead the general public,” said Ashafa.

Ashafa also accused Kazeem of wilful invalidation of the position of the Court of Appeal, stating that no counter judgment is available yet.

“The current judgement is that students can put on hijab in Lagos State public schools. In the absence of any other judgment setting aside the current one which grants the right to wear hijab, the Lagos State AG has no right to pronounce the most current judgement invalid for any reason.”

Ashafa said Kazeem’s statement also betrayed the ethos which the current administration in Lagos State was being praised for.

“It reduced respect for the government and capable of breaching the cordial relationship that has been maintained both before and after the Court of Appeal verdict on this matter.” 

- CAJ News


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