All female Christian students in both primary and secondary schools in Osun state have been directed to wear their church garments to their different schools, beginning from Monday, June 13, 2016.
The Osun State Christian Association of Nigeria, OSCAN, who gave the order having realised that Muslim girls now wear hijab to public schools, said Christian students must also begin to wear their garments such as those for Boys Brigade, ushers, Girls Guide, choristers, band boys, white garments and others.
Recall that last Friday, the Osun State High Court, had delivered a judgement compelling the state to allow female Muslim students in public schools to use hijab on their school uniforms.
According to Vanguard, there had been palpable tension in some schools in different parts of the state including Osogbo, the state capital on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 over the controversy on the use of hijab by female Muslim students during school hours.
OSCAN have since been sent messages to churches to mobilise their members to ensure that their children comply with the directive, Vanguard reports.
It was also learnt that the Director of DSS in the state met Christian and Muslim leaders separately on Wednesday pleading for peace.
Meanwhile, the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said Nigerians should hold Governor Rauf Aregbesola responsible, if more damage is done to the state’s education system through the brewing crises over wearing of hijab in public schools by female students.
The party said this in a statement issued in Osogbo by its spokesperson, Prince Diran Odeyemi, blaming the rising tension on Governor Aregbesola, whom it accused of planning to destabilise the state for some political reasons.
Reacting, the state’s Solicitor General, Abiola Adewemimo, said; ‘’It has come to the notice of the State Government that the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN alleged that the judgment of the High Court of the State in favour of the right of female pupils to wear hijab in public schools was masterminded by the State Government.
‘’While we consider this to be unfortunate, we hasten to remind all religious groups, Christians, Muslim and traditional religious worshippers that the Judiciary is an independent arm of Government that is responsible and not under the control of the Executive in anyway.
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