Much Ado About Hijab In The State of Osun By Kikiowo Ileowo
Much has been said in recent time about the wearing of Hijab and church robes to school by pupils in public schools in Osun State. However, what has apparently been missing in the discussions are facts and logic on which antagonists could situation their objections of before passing their judgement.
Before going to the crux of matter, let me lay background of the true situation of things as regards the recent hullaballoo amongst groups that represent the interest of diverse religious groups in Osun. We have Christians represented by the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN; the Muslims represented by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN; the government led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, and other interested parties in the case.
Interestingly, a similar suit by the Muslim group in Lagos had failed to see the light of the day as the judge, Justice Modupe Onyeabor, rule that the prohibition of the wearing of Hijab over school uniforms within and outside the premises of public schools was not discriminatory.
Rather than take the legal route, CAN in Osun resorted to self-help, asking students to disobey school rules by wearing unapproved uniforms. The Christians based their argument on one point; the Muslims cannot be allowed to wear Hijab in ‘Christian schools’.
What this means is that there are no Christian or Muslim schools in Osun. There are only PUBLIC schools. The government back in 1976 resolved to keep the names given by the missionaries. That is why you have public schools bearing names such as Ede Muslim Grammar School, Baptist High School, Adeeke, Iwo, etc.