By Toby Prince
The Lagos State Government has approved the use of hijab in public schools in the state.
The hijab is a veil worn by some Muslim women in the presence of any male outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the head and chest.
This was contained in a circular by the state government.
The content of the circular was shared by the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) which had championed the use of hijabs and celebrated the decision.
“Since the case of the use of Hijab in Lagos State is still pending in the Supreme court of Nigeria, status quo be maintained, to avoid contempt of the court, that is students be allowed to wear Hijabs on school uniforms but same must be short, smart, neat and in the same colour of the uniform (skirt),” the government was quoted as saying in the circular.
In its statement, the MSSN expressed satisfaction with the decision which comes a day after the international school of the University of Ibadan in neighbouring Oyo State was shut after some female students were stopped for wearing hijabs.
“The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, has commended the Lagos State Government for upholding the rule of law through its approval of the use of hijab in public schools,” the statement said.
“This was contained in a press statement by the Amir (president) of the MSSN Lagos, Saheed Ashafa, to react to a circular recently issued by the Lagos State Government granting the use of hijab in schools.
“The circular conveyed the government’s approval “of the outcome /recommendations of the panel on the use of Hijab and urged compliance.”