MSSN Amirah urges Lagos to
implement hijab verdict
by Our Reporter, July 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm in
The Amirah of Lagos State Area Unit Muslim
Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Hajia
Hafsah Badru, yesterday urged the Lagos
State Government to immediately implement
the Court of Appeal ruling on the right of
female pupils to wear hijab (Islamic
headscarf) in public primary and secondary
schools across the state.
A special five-man panel of the Court of
Appeal, Lagos Division, yesterday set aside the
judgment of Justice Modupe Onyeabor of an
Ikeja High Court, on October 17, 2014, which
banned pupils in state-owned primary and
secondary schools from wearing the hijab on
their school uniforms.
In a unanimous decision, the court, presided
over by Justice A. B. Gumel held that the
appeal was meritorious and should be allowed.
It also held that the refusal to allow female
Muslim pupils wear the hijab “will amount to
discrimination on the ground of their religion.”
Other Justices in the panel are Justice M.
Fasanmi, Justice A. Jauro, Justice J. S.
Ikyegh and Justice I. Jombo Ofor.
Justice Gumel held that “the wearing hijab is
an Islamic injunction and also an act of
worship,” hence it will constitute “a clear
violation of the appellants’ constitutionally
guaranteed rights to stop them from wearing
the hijab in public schools.”
Hajia Badru urged stakeholders in the
Education sector, especially the principals and
teachers, to abide by the ruling.
She said it would be an offence to molest or
harass any female pupil who wears hijab on
her uniform henceforth, adding that MSSN
would not hesitate to take necessary action in
accordance with the law to ensure justice for
any pupil molested or harassed.
The Amirah urged all female pupils to ensure
the proper use of the hijab, because it is a
garment of honour, adding: “They should hold
the moral teaching which hijab has brought
and strive towards academic excellence. They
should emulate Asiyah AbdulKareem, who
despite the persecution, still excel, to the
point of recognition by the Lagos State
government,” she said.
She thanked the Adetola Kazeem SAN-led
legal team and all those who joined in the
struggle from onset, saying: “Verily at the end
of the tunnel, there is light.”