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Hijab case: Lagos loses again at Court of Appeal, MSSN hails ruling

The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit (MSSN Lagos) has hailed the striking out of a motion seeking an injunction to stop hijab usage in the state by the Court of Appeal.
 
The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Tuesday (today) heard the motion - stay of execution - filed by the Lagos State Government and struck it out. 
 
The case, CA/L/135/15, is between Lagos State Government, Miss Asiyat AbdulKareem (through her father), Miss Moriam Oyeniyi and Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria.
 
The struck motion was seeking the court to stop the use of hijab in public and secondary schools in Lagos State pending the ruling of the Supreme Court on the matter.
 
After hearing from both parties, the presiding justice, Muhammad Lawal Garba, struck out the motion.
 
With the current ruling, students in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos State can now wear hijab to school without harassment unless the Supreme Court rules otherwise.
 
Earlier, the Lagos State Government on Thursday, July 21, 2016 lost at the Court of Appeal when a full panel of the court gave approval to the Muslim students to use hijab to school.
 
The Amir (President) of MSSN Lagos State Area Unit, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, applauded the judgement, saying that the favourable outcome was expected.
 
According to him, the judgement will further strengthen fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution.
 
He stated that the MSSN Lagos would not entertain any act or form of harassment after the current judgement.
 
He said, "We applaud the judgement as this is not unexpected. The position of the law is very clear on the subject matter. This matter once more assure us that all hope is not lost on having a redeemed society. 
 
"It gladdens to see that the injunction which the LASG is using as a basis to deny the implementation of the Court of Appeal judgement has been struck out.
 
"We hereby urge all stakeholders to be law abiding for a peaceful implementation of the judgement. There should be no violation of human rights against our Students while we expect an immediate implementation of the judgement in all schools across the state."
 
While congratulating and thanking Muslims on the recent victory, Ashafa said, "We Congratulate the entire Muslim Ummah (community)  and urge our Muslim students to uphold decency and cleanliness which are the hallmark of Islam while exercising their right."
 
Recall that a special constituted panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Thursday, July 21, 2016 unanimously set aside the judgment of a Lagos High Court which banned students in public primary and secondary schools in the state from putting on the hijab with their school uniforms.
 
The special panel of the court presided over by Justice A.B. Gumel held that the appeal was meritorious and should be allowed.
 
In his lead judgment, Justice Gumel held that the use of the 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 the hijab in public schools.
 
Resolving all the five issues raised in favour of the appellants, the appellate court held that the lower court erred in law when it held that the ban on hijabs was a policy of the Lagos State Government (respondent).
 
Other justices in the five-man panel were Justice M. Fasanmi, Justice A. Jauro, Justice J.S. Ikyegh and Justice I. Jombo Ofor.
 
Justice Modupe Onyeabor of an Ikeja High Court had on October 17, 2014, dismissed the suit instituted against the Lagos State Government by two 12-year-old girls under the aegis of the MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit.
 
Dissatisfied, the appellants urged the appellate court to set aside the judgment and protect their constitutional rights.
 
The government had banned the use of the hijab, arguing that it was not part of the approved school uniform for pupils.
 
Following the ban, the students filed the suit on May 27, 2015, seeking redress and asked the court to declare the ban as a violation of their rights to freedom of thought, religion and education.
 
In her judgment, Onyeabor held that the prohibition of the wearing of hijabs over school uniforms within and outside the premises of public schools was not discriminatory.
 
According to her, the ban did not violate Sections 38 and 42 of the 1999 Constitution as claimed by the plaintiffs.
 
SIGNED:
SAHEED ASHAFA (Ph.D),
Amir (President),
Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, 
Lagos State Area Unit.
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Hate comments'll worsen Nigeria's unity challenge - MSSN

The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit (MSSN Lagos) has appealed to religious leaders in the country to stop making inciting statements.
 
The Amir of MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, said this while welcoming the National Executive Council and National Working Committee of MSSN to Lagos State.
 
Ashafa, who was accompanied by MSSN Lagos selected leaders to welcome the national executives, wished them a fruitful deliberation.
 
The Muslim students' leader explained that hate speeches by religious leaders were becoming worrisome.
 
He warned that no religion would benefit from the consequences of hate speeches.
 
Ashafa said, "We all should realise that Nigeria is passing through a very tough and challenging period. As religious institutions, we should mitigate tension and not heighten it. Our role should be to calm and enlighten our faithful on the path of peace.
 
"Killings in any part of the country should be condemned and not given a place in any society. It is normal for Muslim leaders to clarify that Muslims are actually the ones that are being killed against the wrong information that they (Muslims) are the ones attacking. Such reaction should be respected and not countered with threats. 
 
"Those fanning embers of crisis should desist from that to save this nation from sinking beyond recovery. Our unity is more needed now than ever. We must not worsen the economic and unity challenge Nigerians are faced with."
 
Ashafa subsequently hailed members of the MSSN NEC and NWC for their sacrifice, adding that Nigeria leaders needed to emulate them in selfless service.
 
On his part, the ‎Amir of Ikeja Area‎ Council, Muyideen Imran, whose domain the meeting is holding, prayed that members of the MSSN NEC and NWC would be guided by Allah to make appropriate decisions.
 
He explained that such a meeting was needed to ensure the growth of Islam and Nigeria.
 
 
SIGNED:
SAHEED ASHAFA (Ph.D),
Amir (President),
Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, 
Lagos State Area Unit.
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Ban on Hijab means victory for Boko Haram - MSSN Lagos

The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit has warned President Muhammad Buhari not to consider or attempt any ban on Hijab. The Amir (President) of MSSN LSAU, Mallam Saheed Ashafa, said this at the ongoing December Islamic Vacation Course holding at Epe, Lagos on Wednesday.
 
He said that such a consideration would ridicule the war against Boko Haram, adding  it was an  unnecessary approach.
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As holiday ends, MSSN clamours for conducive business environment

As commercial activities resume in the country, the Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria has advised government at all levels to provide a conducive environment for businesses to grow.
 
The Amir (president) of the MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit, Saheed Ashafa, said this after the completion of a 10-day vacation course organised for about 5000 Muslim youths in Lagos State.
 
During the training, the youths were drilled on entrepreneurship and development of employability traits.
 
To make the training beneficial to both the trainee and the nation, Ashafa appealed to government to assist youths who are willing to own businesses.
 
He suggested that government should consider making and implementing policies that would be favourable for small scale businesses.
 
Ashafa also called the attention of government to the inadequate efforts paid to teaching of entrepreneurial courses in schools.
 
He urged non-governmental and private organisations to assist the government in reducing unemployment in the nation.
 
This, he said, could be achieved through self discovery and entrepreneurial-oriented trainings.
 
He said, "As an organisation, we have identified that there is a gap between the entrepreneurial skills possessed by youths and their ability to transform the skills  to societal development. This resulted to our inclusion of entrepreneurship diets into our programmes in the last vacation course camp.
 
"We hope that government will take up the responsibility of ensuring convenience of youths with high morale to invest in the country. Specifically, we call on government to quickly engage an entrepreneurial based curriculum if we are really determined to address unemployment and poverty among Nigerians."
 
While appreciating the delegates that attended the vacation course, Ashafa challenged them to ensure proper application of what they have learnt.
 
According to him, the beneficiaries must take responsibility of reviving the country's economy. 
 
"Attending the training is appreciated but not enough. Our joy will be to see some of the beneficiaries of our training course unlock the economic challenge in the country within the shortest period," he added.


SIGNED:
SAHEED ASHAFA,
Amir (President),
Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, 
Lagos State Area Unit.
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08173291878

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MSSN Lagos ‎seeks employment of Arabic Teachers in Schools

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit has appealed to government at all levels to ‎ensure the employment of Arabic teachers in schools under their domain.This was contained in a statement by the MSSN Lagos Amir (President), Mallam Saheed Ashafa, to identify with the World Arabic Language Day (WALD)  on Friday.

 

The WALD is observed annually on December 18, as  established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010.

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