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Lagos Hijab Ban Court Hearing Updates

Lagos Hijab Ban Court Hearing Updates

This is to inform all and sundry that the court hearing slated for October 28th, 2013 before Justice Oyewole has been adjourned again till 13th November, 2013. Information reaching is that justice Oyewole has been transferred to another court. Hence, a new judge is to be sitting on the case come November 13th, 2013.

We know surely  “And (the unbelievers) plotted and planned, and Allah too planned, and the best of planners is Allah”

 

We therefore call on all Islamic organizations, NGOs, Human rights organizations and well meaning Nigerians to join us at the Ikeja high court when the case will be decided.

See you all there insha Allah on November 13th, 2013.

 

This is to inform all and sundry that the court hearing slated for October 28th, 2013 before Justice Oyewole has been adjourned again till 13th November, 2013. Information reaching is that justice Oyewole has been transferred to another court. Hence, a new judge is to be sitting on the case come November 13th, 2013.

We know surely  “And (the unbelievers) plotted and planned, and Allah too planned, and the best of planners is Allah”

We therefore call on all Islamic organizations, NGOs, Human rights organizations and well meaning Nigerians to join us at the Ikeja high court when the case will be decided.

 

See you all there insha Allah on November 13th, 2013.

Press Conference addressed by the Assistant General Secretary, MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit, Mallam Sulaiman Dhikrillah, under the aegis of Council of Higher Institutions (COHI), an arm of the Unit, on Tues

 

Text of the Press Conference addressed by the Assistant General Secretary, Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit, Mallam Sulaiman Dhikrillah, under the aegis of Council of Higher Institutions (COHI), an arm of the Unit, on Tuesday 5 March, 2013 on the Hijab crisis at the Unit Secretariat, Ebute Metta, Lagos.

In the name of Allah The Most Gracious The Most Merciful.
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Whole Worlds. May His peace and blessing be upon Prophet Muhammad, members of his household, companions and followers until the End of Time.

We welcome you all to this important press conference.
Sequel to the peaceful protest that we had on Thursday February 28, 2013 at the Governor’s Office, Alausa, Ikeja, against the continued victimisation, molestation and harassment of our sisters in Lagos State secondary schools over Hijab by their principals, we deem it necessary to tell the world the agreements we reached with government delegation before the almost nine hours protest was suspended.

Our representatives met with the government delegation which comprised Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mr Oyinlomo Danmole, Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, Commissioner for Information, Mr Aderemi Ibirogba, Alhaji Hakeem Kosoko, Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Affairs (Islam) and a delegation from the State Ministry of Education.

Our demands tabled before the government were as follow:
1. The principals of Kadara Junior Grammar School, Mrs E.C Upaka, and that of Mafoluku Senior Grammar School, Mrs Elizabeth Omidele, should be sacked.
2. The immediate reinstatement of Barira Tajudeen, the girl suspended for using Hijab outside school premises in Mafoluku Senior Grammar School, Oshodi.
3. That the victimization, harassment and maltreatment of our members should be stopped forthwith.
4 Use of Hijab as a part of School Uniform in public Secondary school in the State as granted by the constitution.

fter hearing our demands the government delegation presented evidence that investigation into the matter had commenced and gave a pledge to follow it to a logical conclusion ensuring that justice is served.

The delegation also assured that Bareeroh would be reinstated to school and shall not be disturbed in any manner from writing her exams. We however gathered that Bareerah has been called back to school under a stringent condition. The principal has coerced Bareera to sign an undertaken antithetical to this resolution more so she was made to serve punishment on the assembly for the same reason. It is our further request that the government would call the principal of Mafoluku to order in the spirit of justice.

They promised to issue a circular to stop the school authorities and Teachers from molesting our members over the use of hijab.

The delegation said our demand regarding making use of Hijab part of school uniform is a State Executive Council decision to make. They promised to table the demand at the SEC on Monday March 3rd (yesterday).
All these, the government representatives promised to effect before Friday March 8, 2013 and we shall be contacted for a meeting on Friday to brief us on efforts on our demands. 

Gentlemen of the press, let us reiterate once again that we are not out to fight the government. What we are demanding is the recognition and protection of our rights as guaranteed by the country’s constitution. The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit is known for peace and we have always been peaceful in the manner we carry out our activities.

We equally want to advise the government against reneging on these agreements as doing so may disrupt the relative peace being enjoyed in the state at the moment. We are saying this because some unknown elements in Lagos Island, which we firmly believe are sponsored by the state government, have been going on air to possibly create confusion in the minds of the public regarding what we are fighting for. 

Gentlemen of the press, we are only demanding that our constitutionally guaranteed right should not be denied us. As I said earlier, we will not resort to lawlessness but at the same time we will not relent until justice is done.

We thank you for coming and we pray Allah (SWT) reward you all abundantly, amin.

 

 

MSSN Lagos commends Nigerians for supporting use of hijab in public schools

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Lagos State Area Unit has commended Nigerians for throwing their weight behind the use of hijab in public schools. The commendation came following an overwhelming 65 per cent ‘Yes’ vote in an on-going online opinion poll being conducted by The Punch Newspaper which seeks to know Nigerians’ view concerning whether pupils should be allowed to wear hijab to public schools.

As at 12.45pm on Friday March 8, 2013, six hundred and seventy-three (673) out of one thousand and forty-two (1042) total respondents said ‘YES’ to the question ‘Should pupils be allowed to wear Hijab to public schools,’ while 355 representing 35 per cent responded ‘No’. The remaining 14 representing 1 per cent of the total respondents were undecided.

The survey opened on Thursday February 28, 2013, a day members of the MSSN Lagos State Area Unit from secondary schools and higher institutions across the state stormed the Governor’s Office in Alausa in protest against the victimisation of Muslim girls wearing hijab in Lagos public schools. A statement signed by the group’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Sulaimon Alamutu, said the result of the poll, though unscientific, was a reflection of Nigerians’ believe in, and respect for the fundamental human rights of Muslims to practice and manifest their religion without interference from any quarters.

It said the Lagos State government should take a cue from the opinions of Nigerians and take necessary steps towards addressing the persecution of Muslim girls currently being molested because of hijab by school principals across the state. ‘We have said it severally that the issue of hijab is a fundamental right issue which no law or administrative procedure could override. So, the result of the Punch’s survey showed that Nigerians are rational human beings who will not allow myopic reasoning overshadow their sense of justice,’ it said.

The statement also warned the state commissioner of education, Mrs Adeyinka Oladunjoye, against further exacerbating the crisis on hijab by insisting that Muslim girls would not be allowed to wear it either during school hour or outside the school hour.

From our findings, we learnt Mrs Oladunjoye is insisting on an illegal personal stance that no student will be allowed to wear hijab in Lagos schools. This is against the agreement reached with us before our protest at the governor’s office was suspended.

‘Let us state unequivocally that we will not relent on this issue until justice is done, and until the victimisation of our members stopped,’ it added.

 

 

 

Signed:

Sulaimon Alamutu
Public Relations Officer (PRO)
Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit

 

 

MUSLIM STUDENTS PROTEST DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HIJAB IN LAGOS

 

"There are some situations one simply cannot be neutral about, because when you are neutral, then you are an accomplice. Objectivity doesn't mean treating all sides equally. It means giving each side a hearing." - Christine Amanpour after she was criticised for supporting Bosnia Muslims in her report.

These were the feelings witnessed today by AL-FAHM's correspondents who covered the peaceful mass protest staged by the Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit against assault, maltreating and victimisation of Muslim Sisters using Hijab in secondary schools On-going

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"We are here to peacefully register our displeasure over the dehumanization, victimization and molestation of our female members by some principals and administrators in some state schools regarding the issue of hijab, which amount to gross abuse of our fundamental human rights", said, Sulaiman Dhikrullah, the leader of the students that led the protest to the Lagos State Government House, Alausa, Ikeja Lagos.

Muslim students across the state raised their pens, voices and banners to collectively condemn the discrimantion of hijab, the religious symbol of the Muslims, calling on governor Babatunde Raji Fashola to relieve with immediate effect the appointments of the principal of Kadara Junior Grammar School, Ebute Metta, Mrs E. C Ukpaka for allegedly flogged a JSS 1 student, Aisha Alabi 43 strokes of the cane.

 

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