Lagos Government Sends Important Message to Schools Over Hijab Use

Lagos Government Sends Important Message to Schools Over Hijab Use

  • Students in Lagos state schools can start wearing hijabs according the Governor Sanwo-Olu administration
  • The head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said there should be compliance by schools with the directive
  • Meanwhile, the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria commended the state government for issuing a circular, vowing to sue any defaulter of the court’s ruling

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Schools in Lagos state have been directed to comply with the Supreme Court judgement that students in schools across the state can wear hijab to attend classes.

This is the position of the Lagos state government.

This was disclosed in a circular released by the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, Vanguard Newspaper reports.

He said this compliance is in line with the directive, adding that it was in line with the decision of the apex court, Punch Newspaper added.

Lagos schools can permit hijab use says govt
Lagos government asks schools to allow hijab use. Photo credit:
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The statement reads:
“It is, hereby, notified for general information that the Supreme Court Judgement 8C.910/2016 delivered on the 17 of June 2022, on the use of Hijab as it affects pupils/students in Lagos State schools has declared that students should be allowed to wear Hijab if desired.
“A comprehensive guideline on the use of Hijab in schools will be issued by the state government in due course. However, you are to note that the judgement is binding on all schools in the state.
“As a law-abiding administration, all accounting officers are to note the contents of this circular for immediate compliance and give it the deserved service-wide publicity. “

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