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Hijab Crisis: Drama in Osun as Pupils Attend Public Schools Wearing Church Garments

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By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo

There was drama in some schools in Osun State on Tuesday as students of two religious faith carried out the instruction of their leaders by wearing church uniform to the school.

It was gathered that Christian students appeared in their schools in choir robes and church garments.

The appearance of students of Baptist High School, Iwo in their different church garments caused confusion in the school as other students who were in their school uniform hailed them.

While the students, suspected to be Christians wore white garments sown into choir gowns, stormed their classes without being prevented by their teachers, some female Muslim students who appeared in veil (hijab) equally gained access to the school without restriction.

A visit to the school by our correspondent saw a male student wearing a white robe around 8:30 am before other students arrived the school in their white and purple choir robes.

As they were gaining entry to the school premises unhindered by the security man manning the gate, some other students dressed in white Celestial sutana also appeared in the school and this engendered praises from their colleagues.

Many female Muslim students of the school wore hijab on their uniforms and some members of the Christian Association of Nigeria were in the school to monitor the reaction of the teachers to the strange mode of dressing of their children.

Our correspondent observed that no student was chased out of the classes for not appearing in their school uniforms as the teachers were seen teaching every student in spite of the religious clothes they wore.

The students, on their part were sighted sitting together peacefully while the class was ongoing despite their varying clothes.

When our correspondent visited Salvation Army Middle School, Alekunwodo around 7:40 am, Muslim female students who wore veil (hijab) were allowed access to the school just as some members of Christian Association of Nigeria in the state were at the school gate to ensure that no Christian student was chased out of school if seen wearingchoir garment.

Speaking with our correspondent, the Principal of Baptist High School, Iwo, Mr. Omotayo Arowolo, said there was no crisis in the school despite the development.

He said the teachers were doing their work and the school was peaceful.

Also speaking, the Head of Catholic bloc of CAN in Iwo, Cathecist Paul Olagoke, said they were in the school to ensure that no student was chased away.

Olagoke, one of the CAN leaders said: “We are here to defend the rights of our children. Since female Muslim students are free to wear hijab, our children are free to wear anything they want to.”

Justice Jide Falola of the Osun State High Court had on June 3 ruled that female Muslim students should be allowed
to wear hijab in all public schools in the state because it is part of their fundamental rights.

To this end, CAN had threatened that it would direct Christian pupils to start wearing choir robes and other religious
garments to schools should the judgment is implemented.

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