Lagos – The Muslim Public Affairs Centre
(MPAC) has welcomed the judgment at the Osun State High Court freeing Muslim
female students to wear hijab at school.
The Osun State Muslim Community filed the case against
the state government on the imposition of bans on wearing the clothing.
In his 51-page judgment, Justice Jide Falola has noted
the use of hijab by female Muslims was their fundamental human right to freedom
of religion, conscience and thought and as such no female student must be
molested or sent out of school for wearing it.
Falola also declared that since all missionary schools
had been taken over by government in 1975, all students have equal rights to
practice their religions.
Disu Kamor, Executive Chairman of MPAC, applauded the
ruling in the case, which he said firmly underscored that courts should not
blindly defer when the government invoked its powers to curtail fundamental
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“What remains to be seen is a timeline for the
implementation of this ruling and clarification as to whether the current
mindset allowing the discriminatory policy in the first place will remain,”
He hoped the ruling would stand as another legal
precedent and a symbol of hope for students in Lagos State public schools
suffering harassment for wearing the hijab at school.
Kamor said the issue of the hijab was one that united all
Muslims as it is an integral part of a Muslim woman’s right to practice her
“The support that the hijab campaigns have attracted
clearly reflects the fact that, for the Muslim students, justice and freedom
are principles that cannot be compromised.”
The hijab is a veil that covers the head and
chest, which is particularly worn by some Muslim women beyond the age of
puberty in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family
- CAJ News