All female Christian students in both primary and secondary schools in Osun state have been directed by the state Christian Association of Nigeria OSCAN, to wear their church garments to their different schools, as from Monday, June 13.
The association agreed that by next Monday, Christian students will begin to wear their religious garments such as those for Boys Brigade, ushers, Girls Guide, choristers, band boys, white garments and others.
This directive is coming from the religious controversy in the state on the use of hijab by female Muslim students during school hours.
Messages have been sent by the association to churches to mobilize their members to ensure that their children comply with this directive, Vanguard reports.
Last Friday, a judge of Osun State High Court, Justice Jide Falola, had delivered a judgement in favour of a case instituted by Osun State Muslim Community against the State Government on the right of female Muslim students in public schools in the state to use hijab on their school uniforms.
The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said Nigerians should hold Governor Rauf Aregbesola responsible, if more damage is done to the state’s education system through the brewing crises over wearing of hijab in public schools by female students.
The party in a statement issued in Osogbo by its spokesperson, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said Muslim and Christian students in Osun state have coexisted long before now without crises and blamed the rising tension on Governor Aregbesola, whom it accused of planning to destabilize the state for some political reasons.
Meanwhile, Director of DSS in the state met Christian and Muslim leaders separately on Wednesday pleading for peace. Reacting to the allegations, the state’s Solicitor General, Abiola Adewemimo, issued a statement saying;
“It has come to the notice of the State Government that the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN alleged that the judgment of the High Court of the State in favour of the right of female pupils to wear hijab in public schools was masterminded by the State Government.
“While we consider this to be unfortunate, we hasten to remind all religious groups, Christians, Muslim and traditional religious worshipers that the Judiciary is an independent arm of Government that is responsible and not under the control of the Executive in anyway.”