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UI International School shut over hijab wearing


[FILE PHOTO] School girls in hijab

The religious crisis over the wearing of hijab by female Muslim students of the University of Ibadan International Secondary School (ISI) has forced its management to close down the school indefinitely.

Some Muslim parents were said to have staged a protest, which the management feared might lead to free for all.

The closure was sequel to the religious crisis being foisted over move by a group of parents under the banner of Muslim Parents Forum advocating wearing of hijab in the 55-year old private school.

The group mobilised and carried placard singing songs that hijab is a right and must not be denied willing Muslim girls.

Chairman of the forum, Alhaji A.A. Balogun, whose daughter was prevented from entering the school, was involved in the ensuing disturbance.

As the protest escalates, security men were mobilised while the school was put under lock and key and parents rushed to pick their wards.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined Nigerians to embrace religious tolerance for peace to reign in the country.

Buhari, who spoke at the grand finale of 10th anniversary of Muslim Ummah in the South Western Nigeria (MUSWEN) and N5 billion launch of its International Centre in Ibadan, represented by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said since Islam is a religion of peace, it behooves Nigerian Muslims to always promote peaceful co-existence even in the face of provocation.

Also, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar III and Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, advised on tolerance.

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