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Respect S/Court judgment on hijab, Islamic Studies teachers urge schools

The Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS) has urged institutions of learning across Nigeria to respect the Supreme Court’s judgment on…

The Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS) has urged institutions of learning across Nigeria to respect the Supreme Court’s judgment on the use of hijab in schools. 

The Supreme Court had, on July 17, approved the wearing of hijab by female Muslim students to schools in Lagos State.

The court rejected an appeal by the Lagos State Government and affirmed the earlier judgment by the Court of Appeal which ruled that the ban on hijab was discriminatory against Muslim students in the state.

NATAIS, in a communique after its  National Executive Committee meeting at Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State, urged school managements to respect the rights of Muslim female students who choose to wear the hijab in schools.

The communique was signed by Prof. Musa Adesina Abdu-Raheem, president and Dr Muhammad Shariff Ramadan, secretary. 

The teachers expressed worry that utterances of some religious groups in the country were threatening the peace and development of Nigeria. 

They also described the negligence in recruiting teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies in primary and secondary schools, especially in southwestern states as quite worrisome. 

They urged government at all levels to recruit teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies to teach young Nigerians religious and moral education, saying it would help reduce banditry, bribery, kidnapping and corruption. 

They urged the government to intensify efforts to end insecurity.

They urged well-to-do Muslims to utilise their wealth effectively for human development, especially in the fields of Arabic and Islamic Studies.