Education Minister Makes Controversial Statement About Wearing Hijab In Schools

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said that Nigeria’s constitution allows Muslim women to wear hijab even in schools in line with the teachings of their religion.

Adamu noted that all Nigerians are allowed to practice their religion as long as it does not constitute harm to others

Speaking at the National Mosque, Abuja, on Sunday at a public lecture organised by the Coalition of Nigerian Muslim Women as part of activities marking this year’s World Hijab Day, Adamu who was represented by Hajiya Sidikat Shomope of the Social Mobilisation Department, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), regretted that the controversy over wearing of hijab had gone down to academic institutions.

Shomope argued that violence is not an option when discussing issues relating to religion.

Recall that violence erupted on Thursday at the Baptist High School, Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government of Kwara State, when a rally by Muslim students was reportedly disrupted by hoodlums and security operatives.

The crisis led to the death of Habeeb Idris, a Muslim student of the school.

Shomope said, “The wearing of hijab by Muslim women is a Sunna as recommended in the Holy Qur’an (Q 33 V 59).”

“Our children will remain citizens of Nigeria irrespective of their faith. They will live and interact in the world outside school where no boundary exists between the religions.

“We should understand that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees freedom of religion to all citizens. This, by implication, means that all citizens are allowed to practice their religions according to the teachings of their faith as long as no harm or inconvenience is caused to other people.”

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The minister, while appealing to all traditional, religions and community leaders to promote tolerance, called on parents and teachers that they show examplary leadership at home and in schools.

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