MURIC lists lessons in appeal court’s ruling on use of Hijab in Lagos Schools
The ruling by the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Thursday that female Muslim students have the right to use hijab as part of the school uniform, has been commended by the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).
This was disclosed in a statement signed by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, who said it “has restored hope in the judiciary as the last hope of the common man. The five judges deserve more accolades. They have proved beyond any reasonable doubt that they were principled men of the bench. It is the victory of the rule of law. Truth has prevailed over falsehood.”
It would be noted that a lower court in Lagos had ruled in October 2013 that hijab was illegal.
MURIC said the fact that the judgment was unanimous and only two of the five judges are Muslims, “leaves a firm stamp of authority on the legality of the use of hijab not only by female Muslim students but also by all Muslim women in the country.”
The rights group, therefore, warned “officials in public and private institutions who are in the habit of intimidating and stigmatising Muslim women in hijab to desist forthwith.”
The body also commended Muslim students and Islamic organisations in Lagos State who, according to MURIC, “have demonstrated patience and tolerance in the face of provocations since the unfavourable court judgment of 2013. Unlike their counterparts in the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Osun State chapter who took the law into their hands when the judgment on the hijab case was unfavourable to them, Lagos Muslims showed maturity and respect for the rule of law.”