The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has commended Lagos state government for approving the use of hijab in public schools.
The Lagos state government gave an approval to Muslim female pupils to use hijab in public schools.
This was announced in a circular by the state’s area unit of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN).
And in its reaction, the MSSN, in a statement by Saheed Ashafa, its amir in Lagos, said the state government had towed the path of honour.
He said the circular would help to stop the “harassment and victimisation of female Muslim students for wearing hijab.”
“We are pleased with this development because the embarrassing way and manner that our members are being victimised, harassed, punished and denied entrance into their classrooms for wearing hijab would stop,” the statement read.
“We have constantly told the state government that while a case on the hijab is awaiting final verdict at the Supreme Court, no teacher has the right to punish female pupils for wearing hijab. The Appeal Court in the case clearly states that wearing hijab by students, whether within or outside the school premises was a fundamental Human Right entrenched in the constitution.
“It is important to notify you that we will not allow further lawlessness and flagrant disregard for rule of law to stay after this circular. The circular would also help to stop the abuse of rights which could have degenerated into crisis or violence that may lead to the disruption of activities in schools in our dear state.
“We commend this intervention aimed at calling teachers, principals and tutor general to order. This circular approving wearing of hijab by students on their school uniform within and outside school premises will ensure peace and order in our schools and stability in the state’s education system.
“We hereby call on female Muslim students to enjoy their rights without fear of molestation. While exhibiting their rights, they should remain law abiding and be good ambassadors of the religion of peace.”