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#BringBackOurHijab: Gov. Fashola Unban Hijab In Lagos, Pls Respect Religious Right – Jari


#BringBackOurHijab: Gov. Fashola Unban Hijab In Lagos, Pls Respect Religious Right – Jari


Oct 19, 2014 – Bring Back Our Hijab: Lagos State Governor Fashola Unban Hijab, Please Respect Religious Freedom – Comrade Jari

It was a sad development when I first heard that Gov. Fashola of Lagos state has banned wearing of Hijab (islamic vail) in all schools of the state. Been a lawyer and a politician, Fashola is undoubtedly aware of right to religion and personal life.

If Islamic groups that advocate for Islamic states through arms struggle are leveled extremist then surely what Fashola did must be termed intolerance if not blasphemy taking it from religious angle.

Fashola been a Muslim perhaps knows that. Wearing Hijab by females is mandatory as instructed by Allah in the Glorious Qur’an. Likewise in Christianity, covering of the body is compulsory as can be seen practiced by the Nuns.

I was not convinced by the supposed reasons giving for banning of Hijab. Unlike Lagos, in Katsina there is a law that mandated all female students to wear Hijab in schools. This is because of so many reason;

Firstly, it institute morality and values to the female students as they will be mothers in the future to raise family and societies.

Secondly, studies needs focus, mixing of male and female students increase and arouse sexual desires to the students. Uncovered students may tempt their male counterparts and teachers into desires of sexual intercourse with them.

Thirdly, the issue of rape is on the increase both at schools and at large. Indecent dressing, nude exposure and even ordinary exposure of body parts of females has been identified as the number one factor causing rape in schools and in the societies.

Among other reasons, covering of the body by students is a religious duty, sacred and cannot be played with in respect to freedom of religion as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution as amended.

In Uganda, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc., there is a “national dress code law” that check all indecent dressing in the country. This is because, protecting, advancing, and promoting morality and values is a function of every government in a society.

If for any reason the government think of security issues as a reason to ban Hijab or anything, the government should find a way of removing that threat without necessarily banning what is right, lawful and what is humane.

I call on the government to kindly reconsider this issue before it generates any further unnecessary issues.

Article written by Comrade Abdulbaqi Aliyu jari Katsina, Faculty of law, Usmanu danfodiyo university. +2348035424321



  1. Loveth Chukwu

    October 19, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    I’m not a muslim but something must be done to make muslims ladies feel safe in public, pls an amendment should be made

  2. dele

    October 19, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    All the countries mentioned r all mu slim countries.Let me ask, what has religion got to do with laws? Are now saying herbalist and other religions to follow su it. This man is cracy and want to know why he failed to fight for this 5,10 yrs ago.

  3. nj

    October 20, 2014 at 3:58 AM

    He is right there..Religious right should be put in high place in Nigeria

  4. Sunday Adeoti

    October 20, 2014 at 4:10 AM

    @Jari and others Muslim Commerade

    Lagos State is a mini Nigeria and as such the secularity of Nigeria need to be preserved. Comparing Lagos State to Other Northern State for this purpose is a fallacy.
    There are many Muslim schools in Lagos where student are free to wear Islamic cloths
    The right to wear hijab is not peculiar to Muslim girls alone, what if students from other religion start to advocate to come to school with their religion regalia?
    It is important for state affairs to be separated from religion.

  5. D Hunter

    October 20, 2014 at 5:09 AM

    @ Sunday Adeoti, God bless U my broda 4 dat excellent comment.
    Smtyms, d way dis set of pple called muslims rzn n act infuria8 me. They wnt 2 enforce dia religious interests on evrytin possible. Just imagine, -wearing HIJAB 2 public skols- Bullshit! If I were a principal of any skol, u wear anytin diffrnt 4rm d skol dress code, I‘ll send u back home even b4 u eva step ur feet in2 d skol cmpnd. Rubbish!
    If u must wear hijab den consida goin 2 a muslim skol period. Do u knw dat as we speak, in some Northern Sta8s in Nig., they hv changed d logo of Ambulance 4rm d CROSS it used 2 b 2 a cresent moon & stars? Bcz they resents d CROSS sign, 4gtn dat d red cross society dat introduced ambulance in d 1st place was acually formed by Christians. Stupid stinking sulking religion.

  6. mulikat

    October 20, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    We are secular in Nigeria,particular in S.west,Ssouth and S.east,we dont need madness of Religion in public b4 showing u worship a muslim,in my family we have christian and traditional beliveers,which is common in S,west,in short amoung Yoruba people,which is good,Thax Govt Fashola to ban Hijab in Public school ,Govt school,seperate Religion in school,hospital ,Govt and politic.


    October 20, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Fashola is a lawyer, He is a muslem also but mr writter comparing lagos with northern states is condanmable if at all u want to compare let it be north and irak, iran, isis, somalia, and other wahala (troublesome) places. Haters call me names if una like chikina.

  8. Omobolanle

    October 20, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    U pple shld try n understand Fashola he banned hijab in only sch outside d sch they shld do whatever they like

  9. victor

    October 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    i hate the word “muslim”

  10. nkiru

    October 20, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    dont really have much to to say but I think the law should be respected and separated from religion so this country can move forward.

  11. Atyl

    October 20, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Religious sentiment has been an issue world wide. I support the ban. If you want to wear hijab , then attend schools that are meant for such purpose. If hijab is not banned then white garment church members shld wear their uniform to school as well, herbalists too should do same. What is the essence of school uniform if hijab is allowed.
    My muslim students, if you think you can’t cope with that then try ignorance

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