Court Ruling Allows for Hijab to Be Worn to Nigerian Schools, Christian Pastor Opposes


Premium Times Nigeria reported on Tuesday something that might bring you a bit of comic relief. Students of the Baptist High School in Iwo Osun State showed up to school wearing choir robes and different types of church attire.

Their colleagues praised them for their act of courage as they marched to class at about 8:30 a.m. local time, yesterday.

On June 3, 2016, Justice Saka Oyejide Falola, sitting in the state high court, delivered a judgment allowing female students to wear hijab to public schools. In response to this judgement, Reverend Elisha Ogundiya the leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state issued a directive to Christian students asking them to wear robes and other Christian garments to school.

masquerade regaliaApparently, students whose parents are traditionalists have also threatened to send their children to school in masquerade regalia today.

School activities went on as usual, irrespective of the chosen attire of the pupils, as rightly declared by Justice Falola in his ruling: everyone has the legal right to practice their faith.