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Osun Hijab Crisis: CAN Files Appeal, Stay of Execution

Barely 20 days after stopping an Osogbo High Court allowing Muslim female students in public schools of the state to wear Hijab, the state chapter of the Christian  Association of Nigeria, CAN yesterday filed a stay of execution of the judgment on June 3.

This was disclosed in Osogbo by the State Christian Association of Nigeria Chairman, Rev. Elisha Ogundiya during a solidarity visit to the state CAN headquarters by  the leaders of the South-west association.

CAN Representatives of Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti and Ondo States storm the State; expressing support for Christians in the states on the issue of Hijab judgment delivered by  Justice Saka Oyejide Falola and their determination to fight against all forms of alleged Islamization agenda by the state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola.

In his address, the Secretary of South-west CAN, the Rev. Alfred Aro, who spoke on behalf of the Zonal Association chairman, Archbishop Magnus Atilade, warned that any  attempt by Muslim students to wear Hijab in school after the appeal was filed would make CAN to support all forms of garments to be worn in state schools. He noted
that the judgment of Falola denied the spirit of the nation of secularism “and violates the religious rights of the original owner of the missionary schools as agreed  when schools were taken by the government of the State of Oyo in 1975 “.

The zonal CAN however, expressed concern on the Prohibition of morning devotion in schools in some states in the country, claiming that the action should be canceled.

We note with dismay despite several appeal as a law-abiding association, the ban of morning prayers and assemblies in certain schools in Nigeria particularly the South-West of Nigeria based on slight reason on ‘insecurity.

Now that President Muhammadu Buhari had confirmed the end the insurgency, we urge all states to unban the unjust decision in the next one month.”

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