How Ogun State official expelled Muslim female students for Wearing the hijab

Because Miss Hamdallah Abdghaniyy Temitope wore her hijab on Monday in accordance with the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s constitution, she was expelled from the Gbenopo Community Grammar School in Ogun State.

Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative’s Executive Director
Mutiat Orolu-Balogun said on Monday, 9th of January 2023, the principal of Gbenopo Community Grammar School, Bandu Ado-Odo, Mr. Ajibola Ajo, sent the Head Girl of the school, Miss Hamdallah Abdghaniyy Temitope back home because she wore her Hijab in conformity with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the recent Supreme Court judgment; as well as the pronouncement of the Ogun State government.

“Her father, Mr. Abdghaniyy Odu took her back to School to dialogue with the Principal. At the meeting the Principal and the Vice principal insisted that she she go back home and only return to school if she is no longer wearing the Hijab.”

In 2022, the Supreme Court of Nigeria granted the use of hijab by female Muslim students in Lagos State Government-owned schools.
The apex court delivered the ruling upholding the use of the hijab by Muslim students in Abuja. In a split decision of five to two a seven-member panel of the Supreme Court affirmed the July 21, 2016 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Lagos, which set aside the October 17, 2014 judgment by Justice Grace Onyeabo of the High Court of Lagos State, which upheld the hijab restriction.

The argument over religious freedom has the potential to have a big impact on the world since it is crucial to the social integration and inclusion of (women) globally.

Last year, a dispute pertaining to school uniforms was reported in the Indian state of Karnataka, when some Muslim students of a junior college who wanted to wear hijab to classes were denied entry on the grounds that it was a violation of the college’s uniform policy which was also followed by the other religion students as well. Similar flak was directed at a Massachusetts-based charter school after a pupil was written up for a uniform infraction after she wore a hijab on the first day of eighth grade in August 2022 by a teacher.


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