A leading Muslim group in Nigeria has welcomed a court ruling lifting the ban on girls wearing the headscarf in government schools in Lagos state.
AhlulBayt News Agency - A leading Muslim group in Nigeria has welcomed a court ruling lifting the ban on girls wearing the headscarf in government schools in Lagos state.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MRC) said the Lagos Court of Appeal's ruling was a victory for the rule of law. Girls had been barred from wearing the headscarf, or hijab, because it was not part of school uniforms. The judges said the ban violated the religious rights of Muslim girls, overturning a lower court's ruling.
Nigeria's population is divided between Muslims and Christians. The majority of Muslims live in the north and Christians primarily are in the south. However, the southern state of Lagos has a more religious mix. In June, the High Court in the southern state of Osun also lifted the ban on Muslims girls wearing the headscarf.
It caused religious tension in the state, with some Christians insisting on wearing church robes to school. Two Muslim girls challenged the ban in Lagos state, taking their case to its Court of Appeal after the High Court ruled against them in 2013.
"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”, MRC added.