By ADEBAYO WAHEED
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has warned against the continuous harassment of the Muslim girl child over hijab in schools, saying it is a serious threat to public peace, clog in the wheel of democracy and a dent on the efforts of the state government to engender religious harmony.
Apparently reacting to the suspension of five female students by the Principal, Isolo Senior Secondary School, Lagos State, Mrs. J.O. Sadare over the use of hijab, MURIC’s director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola in a statement on Monday kicked against the action.
Sadare, had on Friday, 13th September, 2018 suspended the female students for wearing hijab.
MURIC described the principal’s action as overzealous, infantile and condescending.
According to MURIC, Lagos authorities should not wait until Muslim students and their parents mobilize to schools where their daughters are abused, stigmatized and traumatized.
It warned teachers and principals not to export their religious gymnastics to public schools, adding that Lagos State government should respect the decision of the Court of Appeal.
It said that was the path of honour, urging Lagos State that prides itself as the center of excellence to walk its talk, saying “Lagos has a moral duty to protect the Muslim girl child. It is the only path towards peaceful coexistence.
“It is now clear to everyone that some Lagos teachers have their anti-Muslim agenda. They just hate the sight of Muslims.
“We have no iota of doubt that the state government is unaware of the actions of these Muslim haters. The sad thing is that such teachers are tarnishing the image of the state government by their actions. It is quite disappointing that when the whole world is trying to encourage the girl child to realize her full potential, some Lagos teachers are bent on retarding her progress by sending her out of school.”
While calling on Lagos State government to protect the Muslim girl child, MURIC added that, “the Muslim girl child is now an endangered species in Lagos State schools as a result of the refusal of the state government to obey the order of a higher court.’’
Apart from the Isolo incident, it disclosed that there have been six different instances where Allah-given fundamental rights of female Muslim students were violated in Lagos schools in 2017 alone.
“This is apart from those reported earlier and those that were not reported. We have the names of the teachers involved in the six cases. We also know their schools. The records are in the cooler for appropriate legal action at a future date,’’ MURIC said.