Hijab: MSSN laments non-enforcement of court in schools
By Valentine Amanze
The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit, has asked the Lagos State government to remind school administrators of the court’s ruling which allows Muslim students to wear hijab in schools.
Amirah (female president) of MSSN in Lagos State, Basheerah Majekodunmi, made the appeal during a press conference to commemorate the 2022 World Hijab Day.
Majekodunmi called on the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, to order the issuance of a circular in compliance with the Court of Appeal judgement granting the use of hijab in public schools.
She explained that many principals, teachers, and administrators were causing crises in schools under the guise that they did not receive the previously issued circular under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration.
The student leader, however, warned school principals and teachers against victimisation and discrimination of Muslim students, describing it as a fight against morality and public approval of indecency among young people.
“Ignorance is no excuse before the law. These teachers and principals, who either feign ignorance or turn a deaf ear to justice and morality have made it difficult and fearful for students to use their hijab as prescribed by their creator!
“It is high time the Lagos State Government issued another circular that will be well-publicised. We enjoin peace in Lagos State and we don’t want a crisis. Some principals and teachers are acting unlawfully and in a manner that could cause an outrage without quick intervention,” she stated.
Majekodunmi also acknowledged efforts by the state government to provide quality education for the students but warned that continuous victimisation of students may sabotage these efforts.
“The picture of Governor Sanwo-Olu sitting with a hijab-wearing student is a clear contrast of the injustice meted on some students who also choose to wear the hijab in other schools,” she added.
The 2022 World Hijab Day which is themed, “Hijab is our Crown, not A Crime,” is organised across the world as a reiteration of the disapproval of continuous harassment of females in schools and workplaces also to put an end to such practices.