Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it would not allow the use of Hijab in public schools until the Supreme Court “determines an appeal seeking to upturn the decision of a Court of Appeal.”
The State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Abdulateef Abdulhakeem made this known while speaking on TVC.
He noted that the state government would not enforce the appellate court’s decision on the use of Hijab in schools.
Recall that a Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos had in July 2016 set aside the judgment of a Lagos High Court, which banned public schools students from putting on the Hijab with their uniforms.
The court presided over by Justice A.B. Gumel in July held that the use of Hijab was an Islamic injunction and also an act of worship, hence it would constitute a violation of the appellants’ rights to stop them from wearing Hijab, but the State government was not satisfied with the appellate court.
When asked about the refusal of the state government to enforce the court decision on the use of Hijab, Abdulhakeem noted that the state government “firmly believes in the rule of law and will continue to uphold it.
”We cannot enforce the decision of the lower court until the Supreme Court determines the appeal before it.”