MURIC praises Lagos for approving hijab in public schools

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An Islamic non-governmental organization, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has praised the Lagos State Government for approving the use of hijab by muslim female students in public schools.

The approval was given in a circular issued on Tuesday.

“Since the case of the use of hijab in Lagos State is still pending in the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the status quo should be maintained to avoid contempt of the court. That is, students should 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 circular reads in part.

In it reaction to the development, the Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Wednesday said it was better late than never.

His words:  “Though belated, it is better to be late than never to do it at all. The wind of change is sweeping across the South West and no state government wants to be caught within the camp of reactionaries.

“We call on all government agencies and employers of labour to note this development. It is a monumental decision. The patience exhibited by Lagos Muslims has paid off. A quiet and peaceful revolution is ongoing and it is in the best interest of all men and women of goodwill to join the train before it leaves the station so that they may not be left behind.”