The Lagos State government has just approved the use of Hijab in their public secondary schools.
This coming after the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) took the case to court after a ban by the State government which they lost in a Lagos State High Court.
The MSSN went ahead to appeal the case and won but the Lagos State government equally took it further to the Supreme Court which is pending in the Apex Court.
With the case still in the Supreme Court, the State government decided to maintain the status quo by approving the use of Hijab until the Apex court ruling on it. This was contained in a circular signed by O.A. Olukoya on November 13, 2018.
“Since the case of the use of hijab in Lagos state is still pending in the Supreme Court, status quo should be maintained to avoid contempt of court, that is, students should be allowed to wear hijabs on school uniforms but same must be short, smart and neat and in colour of the school 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 the Supreme Court. No student should be discriminated against, in any form, on the basis of religion.
“All principals and teachers must be sensitised to comply accordingly. You are enjoined to adhere strictly to these recommendations.” the circular said.