The former Kaduna State Senator, Mr Shehu Sani has given his thought on the ongoing controversy over the use of Hijab by female students in Kwara State schools, Eye9ja reports.
Shehu Sani in a post on his Twitter account on Monday urged the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led government not to allow the choice of school uniform to bring about any controversy in his state.
Shehu Sani Break Silence, Speaks On Kwara Hijab Controversy
Sani stressed that the government should allow students whose parents want them to wear a Hijab as part of their school uniform to do so while those against it should not be forced to wear it. The lawmaker stressed that Kaduna State where he belonged, has been using dual uniforms for over two decades now.
His tweet reads: “The Hijab as a School Uniform should NOT cause any controversy. Those who want their children to wear it should be allowed to wear it. Those who don’t want their children to wear it, should NOT be forced to do so. Dual uniforms have been used in Kaduna for over two decades.”
Sani’s reaction is coming after the Kwara State government announced a decision to shut down 10 public/grant-aided schools over the controversy surrounding the government policy on the use of hijab in such schools.
The government in a statement on Sunday evening signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs Kemi Adeosun said the schools will remain shut till further notice for safety concerns.
However, the policy was rejected by the Christian proprietors of the grant-aided schools.
In a communique issued by the Kwara chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), proprietors of grant-aided schools, head of blocs, heads of different denominations, and other delegates at the end of their meeting with respect to the issue of wearing hijab in public/grant-aided schools in Kwara State, rejected the government policy and vowed to occupy the schools and explore legal means to ensure what they described as an injustice does not stand.
The communique signed by CAN secretary, Rev Reuben Idowu Ibitoye, and the PRO, Apostle Shina Ibiyemi, noted that the directive by the state government is an attempt to technically Islamize the affected schools.
Following the impasse created by the situation, the Kwara government in an update on Sunday announced an indefinite closure of the affected schools over the use of hijab.
The affected schools are C&S College Sabo Oke, ST. Anthony College, Offa Road, ECWA School, Oja Iya, Surulere Baptist Secondary School, Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam, CAC Secondary School Asa Dam road, St. Barnabas Secondary School Sabo Oke, St. John School Maraba, St. Williams Secondary School Taiwo Isale, and St. James Secondary School Maraba.
The government statement on the matter as made available to Naija News reads: “The Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development wishes to inform members of the public that the 10 government schools where the use of hijaab is disputed will remain shut until a later date.”
“This decision has been taken for safety reasons.”
“The government, therefore, directs schoolchildren and teachers in the affected schools to remain at home until the contrary is announced. The government remains committed to fairness, pluralism, and respect for the law and rights of every citizen at all times.”
It will be recalled the schools had earlier been shut down in the wake of the controversy but were ordered to be re-opened on Monday, 8th March before a counter-directive was now issued by the government on the matter.
The Hijab as a School Uniform should NOT cause any controversy.Those who want their Children to wear it,should be allowed to wear it.Those who don’t want their Children to wear it,should NOT be forced to do so.Dual uniforms has been used in Kaduna for over two decades.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) March 8, 2021