Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola has denied ordering the use of Hijab by female Muslim students in the state public schools.
Following the court order giving permission to Muslim students to wear Hijab to school, the Osun state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria reacted by directing Christian students to also wear church garments to school.
The situation is fast degenerating into a religious crisis as the Christian leaders have insisted that if the Muslims must wear Hijab, the Christians should also be allowed to wear choir robes to school.
Speaking at a public function in Osogbo on Monday, Aregbesola dared anyone to provide evidence to prove that he gave out such an order.
“There is nothing religious in any of our policies. The fact on ground contradicts our opposition’s claim.”
“The choice of my deputy governor tells it all, I knew she is Pentecostal of the highest order before I picked her. Everything we have done in the line of education is in line with the resolution of our education summit.”
“Against all speculations, I have not ordered the use of Hijab, I challenge anybody with evidence to come out and show that I have made a proclamation on Hijab.”
“If I have permitted Hijab will the Muslim have gone to court to challenge it, is that not contradictory?”
“Is it a crime that I am a Muslim, is it because I struggle to be a good Muslim that everything I do is being misunderstood? I think I don’t deserve all these lies against me.”