Hijab crisis: ‘No one is above the law, regardless of religion’ – Aregbesola

The Osun state government has said that only approved uniforms are allowed to be worn in Primary and Secondary schools in the state.

The Osun State High Court, had on Friday, June 3, ruled that the wearing of hijab in schools was a fundamental right of the students.

Following the ruling made by Justice Jide Falola, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), issued a directive to students in Christian schools – urging them to wear choir robes, if the government goes ahead to implement the court ruling on hijab wearing.

Responding to the directive, students of Baptist High School, Adeeke in Iwo, wore their church garments (choir robes and other apparels) to class.

After the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola purportedly threatened to expel students who dared to continue wearing anything other than school uniforms, CAN reacted by saying that he should be ready to expel all students in the state because hijab wearing is also not part of the approved uniform.

Even after security agencies waded into the matter to forestall any potential crisis, a common ground or resolution appears unforeseen.

The state government, on its part, has stood its ground on the matter, as the spokesperson to Governor Aregbesola, Semiu Okanlawon recently revealed to YNaija that “only approved uniforms should be worn”.

“On the issue of uniforms and all other regulations in the school system, the governor has made clear none is above the law regardless of religious leanings.”

“Nothing other than government approved school uniforms are to be worn to school”, Okanlawon added.

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