We are seeking legal enforcement of use of hijab in Oyo public schools – Kunle Sanni

Alhaji Kunle Sanni

Leader of the Muslim Community in Oyo State, Alhaji Kunle Sanni, has said that Muslim leaders are determined to make hijab part of uniform culture in Oyo State public schools.

According to Sanni, there is a precedent set during the Alao Akala tenure, and this will soon be reactivated.

This is as the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta, Alhaji Daud Akinola, called on Muslim leaders to look inwards in order to find a last solution to the challenges facing Muslims.

Akinola gave the advice on Sunday in Ibadan during a summit organised by the Oyo State Muslim Community with the theme “Unity of Muslims in Oyo state: An inevitable option”.

The Aare Musulumi said that it was imperative for Muslims to look inwards for the solution to the myriad of challenges facing the Ummah in Oyo State and beyond.

He further said that the love for one another among the Muslims is essential emphasising that the tenet of unity is love.

Sanni however stressed that the community was planning a legal action to pursue the usage of Hijab in public schools in the state.

Sanni was speaking against the backdrop cases of alleged harassment of Muslim girls and women who wear hijab in basics schools, secondary and institutions of higher learning in the state.

He said the idea of denying Muslim students using hijab in government schools under the pretence that they are Christian schools would no longer be tolerated.

The chairman said that the community had concluded plan to go to court to seek legal action on the matter in order to bring lasting situation on the issue.

“What section 32 (2) of the constitution says “is that a Muslim is entitled not only to freedom of religion but also freedom to manifest his religion. The use of the Hijab is a manifestation of Islam,” he said.

The Chairman said that there was no state Muslim communities that had lost the case of the use of Hijab because the constitution is clear about it.

“When my friend Christopher Alao-Akala was the Governor, some Muslim teachers started using Niqob in Kishi and they were dismissed, but they went to court.

“The Christian judge not only adjudicated that the teachers have right to put on their Niqob as their religious right, she said their three years backlog of salaries should be paid”.

“We would Insha Allah go back to court because we want hijab for all women in Oyo state,” Sanni said.

Also speaking, the Chairman of Ibadan Muslim Community, Chief Bayo Oyero, said that the unity of Muslims was paramount and veritable instruments for development which Muslims urgently need at the moment.

“Muslims in power used Islam to nurture their own political ambition and empower themselves,” Oyero said.

He said that it was high time that the community put in place developmental agenda to advance the cause of the Muslims.

The summit drew representatives from different parts of Oyo State who came to deliberate on the unity of Muslims in the state.