Use of hijab approved by the Lagos State government

The use of hijab approved by the Lagos State Government after series of heated debate on whether Muslim female students should be allowed to wear the head and body covering to schools.

This was contained in a circular by the state government.

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Use of hijab approved in Lagos schools


The content of the circular was shared by the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) which had championed the use of hijabs and celebrated the decision, Premium Times reports.

“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),” the government was quoted as saying in the circular.

In its statement, the MSSN expressed satisfaction with the decision which comes a day after the international school of the University of Ibadan in neighbouring Oyo State was shut after some female students were stopped for wearing hijabs.

Read the full MSSN statement below.

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, has commended the Lagos State Government for upholding the rule of law through its approval of the use of hijab in public schools.

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This was contained in a press statement by the Amir (president) of the MSSN Lagos, Saheed Ashafa, to react to a circular recently issued by the Lagos State Government granting the use of hijab in schools.

The circular conveyed the government’s approval “of the outcome /recommendations of the panel on the use of Hijab” and urged compliance.

According to Ashafa, the circular would help to stop harassment and victimisation of female Muslim students for wearing hijab.

He recalled that despite the Appeal Court judgement, female Muslim students were punished and denied entrance into classrooms for putting on the hijab.

By issuing the circular, Ashafa said the Lagos State Government has towed the path of honour and deserved to be praised for such.

He said:

“We extol this gesture and the resoluteness of the state government in ensuring that an avoidable strife do not find ways into the peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in Lagos State.

“We are pleased with this development because the embarrassing way and manner that our members are being victimised, harassed, punished and denied entrance into their classrooms for wearing hijab would stop.

“We have constantly told the state government that while a case on the hijab is awaiting final verdict at the Supreme Court, no teacher has the right to punish female pupils for wearing hijab. The Appeal Court in the case clearly states that wearing hijab by students, whether within or outside the school premises was a fundamental Human Right entrenched in the constitution.

“It is important to notify you that we will not allow further lawlessness and flagrant disregard for rule of law to stay after this circular. The circular would also help to stop the abuse of rights which could have degenerated into crisis or violence that may lead to the disruption of activities in schools in our dear state.

“We commend this intervention aimed at calling teachers, principals and tutor general to order. This circular approving wearing of hijab by students on their school uniform within and outside school premises, will ensure peace and order in our schools and stability in the state’s education system.”

Ashafa subsequently encouraged female Muslim students to be confident, smart and neat while putting on the hijab.

“We hereby call on female Muslim students to enjoy their rights without fear of molestation. While exhibiting their rights, they should remain law abiding and be good ambassadors of the religion of peace,” he added.

He congratulated Muslims in the state and Islamic organisations for ensuring that Muslims are not denied their rights.

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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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  1. That one is for public school na not private if they want hijab they should attended schools where it is allowed not try to impose their religion on other schools that have no business with religious practices

  2. This democracy has given the government to do and undo how doe wearing hijab help our society very soon Christian too start wearing cursor to school and the traditional we start wearing agungun cloth to class. nawa for Lagos State government

  3. Now that its the Muslims they want everyone to do everything possible to favour them but when its our own they refuse to do things our own way . the government would not have allowed it those guys are cheats they want every one to bow towards their own way.

  4. In as much as they Should be allowed to practice their belief, they should also consider Christians in the northern part of Nigeria to practice what their own believe. They should not be favoritism in any sector in terms of religion

  5. University of bacon is not a private university so they should not bring religion into the school and moreover most students putting on hijab to school cheat in the exam hall with the hijab

  6. School uniforms are school uniforms. Hijab is not a school uniform. They can wear it only in schools where it is allowed. You should not force your way of life on every system.

  7. I hope this won’t turn our country to a Muslim influenced one,because using of hijab by the arab world is inform with there culture and no religion.

  8. Why should that be granted? It’s not a religious school, so I see no reason why they should be considered. If they want a school environment where they can be religiously dressed, then they should go to Islamic schools. In a way, this Muslims are indirectly spreading their tentacles and will become difficult to curb if we will keep granting all request. The Christians and the traditionalist should also be allowed to dress to suit their religious beliefs. That’s when there will be a balance.

  9. Its obvious that this Muslims are indirectly spreading their tentacles and will become difficult to curb if we will keep granting all request. The Christians and the traditionalist should also be allowed to dress to suit their religious beliefs.

  10. I don’t support such decision. It does not appear good for students to wear hijab to school. There’s are human rights, but in terms of education, the school rules and regulations plays major roles over such right. And why should they look different from other students? that means the school is no more on uniform.

  11. Well, I don’t want to sound controversial on this but kudos to Ambode on his maturity on handling this matter even when it’s still in court

  12. All schools, federal , state and private schools should be rule out of any form of religious belief .education has nothing to do what ever you belief in

  13. It’s no crime to wear hijab to school, as far as it’s short and same with the school uniform. The court decision should hold.

  14. Wow… I’m not understanding… Is this a strategy to Islamise Lagos state…. Can’t they just go to school as normal students and wear their hijab to anywhere they want after school

  15. Every organization have their policies. It is better to abide by it. Before you accept admission check their policies so you don’t abuse it.

  16. okay o, its a good development for the muslims but with the security situation which is not getting better in the country, i hope the lagos state government will put measures in place to avoid suicide bombers disguising as female students on hijab to cause mayhem to innocent school children? approving hijab or not approving it is not the problem but how safe are we with that development? before 2009 and few years after 2009, female students even in government secondary schools dont wear jijab to school, some actually cover their hair but not with hijab, not to talk of the gown type of hijab that wont let you see what is concealed beneath, i dont know why all of a sudden, wearing hijab to school became what we now debate on….all of a sudden it now became very very important for muslim girls to wear hijab to school. well, i hope the children of the innocent ones wont be affected when the mayhem which we dont pray for trickles in. we have better things to debate on and fix in our country and wearing of hijab shouldnt make the list of 3 million items.

  17. No. they should not wear hijab. If this is allowed it means that the government should also allow Christians and traditionalist to dress the way that suits them.

  18. Is hijab school uniform if not l think it is wrong even if it is the same color. School uniform is just not only the color but the style also. They should look at it from that direction .

  19. Hijab is an attire. I think it shouldn’t be used in all occasions as school for instance, notwithstanding, the government has given her approval, so case closed.

  20. This can only work for pupils at the public school, I will rather recommend that all muslim should attend Muslim/public schools than trying to impose religion on other schools that have no business with religious practices.

  21. They should hereby get enrolled in a Muslim public school that strictly allowed the use of hijab as code of dressing. This is not a good decision.

  22. For me, I don’t like the idea at all .this is not a welcomed development… Any attire is not supposed to be added to school uniform. U can wear whatever you want at home. We have dress code for everything occasion.

  23. This is serious relationship case. I think the Lagos state government should reconsider and rethink of this case . You may say they have freedom of dressing yes We all have freedom to put on what ever we want but not In school and not when the country is not save. This country have lost so many innocent soul and nothing has been done about it . How many Christian do tie hair tied to school . What is even their gain of wear hijab to school what is thier profit. They should not be given that opportunity because
    1 they will use it to ruin others lifes . If gun is with the person that wear it nobody will know, if knife or cutlas to kill somebody is with her no body will know, if even bomb Is in that hijab no body will know, and even if they stole something and hide it there nobody will know so what are we now saying.
    2. They will enhance malpractice.
    3.. They can use it to pretend to be someone else. Please Lagos state government school is school and school is not a place you show how free you are so I dis-agree with hijab, if they can’t do without covering their heads I think they should Wear jab the short one not the long hijab that they can hide their evil deeds and be pretending to be saint when they are heart is as dark as charcoal. School is for all not for religion practice please and if they can’t obey and school without hijab I think they should open their own school or the government should do that for them. I rest my case here thank you

  24. That one is for public school na not private if they want hijab they should attended schools where it is allowed not try to impose their religion on other schools that have no business with religious practices

  25. Hmmnmmmmm I just pray and hope they know what they are doing by signing it,if it turn to abuse of it or using it for other motives lagos state government will be held responsible

  26. Right from time Muslim female are suppose to cover their head with hijab is just like their tradition but in d era we are now some circumstances in the country have make us to doubt one another. Anyway covering ur head to school is not a bad idea but in d same vein if u really like to wear hijab there are lot of Muslim schools u can attend without disturbing u of wearing hijab.

  27. It is good as the government approved it but they should beef up security in the state also because we have seen instances where those Muslim girls that wear the hijab use it as a means to hide bombs and other explosive devices, just like the one caught the other day at borno state

  28. Why would they approve such a thing, schools are very different from mosque whatsoever. If they wish to use their hijab. They ought to be attending Islamic schools. Their hijab is not meant for school purpose at all

  29. The wearing of hijab only applies in government and Muslim schools but not in most private school. My opinion is let them wear it before coming into and after closing school hours.

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