We ‘ve Not Banned Hijab in Public Schools – Lagos State Govt
The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba in a statement on Monday said the government was still making wide consultations on the issue.
Ibirogba added that the government would come up with a position after exhausting all the avenues that would allow for a peaceful resolution of the matter.
He said, “To avoid a needless heightening of tension, Lagosians, particularly the Muslim faithful, are advised not to allow people with diabolic intentions to trivialise the issue of sustaining the peaceful coexistence among diverse groups in the state.
“Contrary to reports, government was still meeting with the stakeholders on the issue as explained by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, and has, thus, not banned or disallowed Hijab in public schools.
“What Olayinka explained at the briefing was that the government had held meetings with some key stakeholders and would still consult widely before taking a position.
The proposed ban on the use of Hijab amongst student in public schools in Lagos has generated wide debate especially in the social media. While some supported the ban with the argument that public schools are not religious institutions, other opposed the ban saying it infringes of the fundamental human rights of people who wants to use them.
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