There was tension in Osun State, on Friday, as the Christian
Association of Nigeria (CAN) of the state chapter began to
mobilise Christian students to wear church garments to
schools from Monday.
Tribune learnt that Christian leaders in the state had agreed
that by Monday, Christians students will begin to wear
religious garments, including boys brigade, white garments,
choir robes, girls’ guide uniforms, among others, to their
Sources disclosed that a meeting where the decision was
taken was attended by heads of blocks of CAN and
messages have already been sent to churches to mobilise
their members during church services today.
The development came as the principal of Christ African
Middle School, Osogbo, Mrs A.O. Micha, was said to have
sent some female Muslim students, who dorned hijab out
of the school.
It was learnt that a Muslim female teacher pleaded with the
principal to allow the students to stay with their hijab, but
the principal allegedly ignored her pleas.
When some members of Muslim Students Society of
Nigeria (MSSN) heard about the development, they
mobilised with intent to storm the school, but the timely
intervention of Osun State Muslim community prevented
the crisis from snowballing.
It will be recalled that a judge of the Osun State High Court,
Justice Jide Falola, had delivered a judgment, allowing
female Muslim students to wear hijab to schools. The suit
was instituted by Osun State Muslim Community against
the state government.
The state chapter of CAN, however, decried the judgment,
vowing to appeal the matter in the higher court, just as it
threatened to direct Christian students in the state to start
wearing church garments to schools.
Mrs Micha denied sending female students, wearing hijab
away from the school, arguing that she only ordered the
female Muslim students to remove their hijab, insisting that
hijab would not be allowed in a Christian school.