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Use of hijab approved by the Lagos State government

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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.

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

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