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Hijab: Judge Warns Religious Leaders Against Instigating Students to Defy Authority

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By Segun Adeyemo

An Osun State High Court, sitting in Osogbo, Osun State capital has warned religious leaders against instigating pupils to defy the constituted authority in the state.

Justice Jide Falola of the High Court expressed dissatisfaction on how some students wore church garments to Baptists High School, Iwo, following the judgement he delivered few weeks ago that allows female Muslim students to wear hijab in public schools.

According to Falola, the action of the students who wore church garments to school as instigated, could hunt the pupils involved in the future.

Falola stated this in Osogbo on Friday after adjourning the application for stay of execution filed against the judgment by the Christian Association of Nigeria.

It would be recalled that the judge had delivered a judgement on June 3 that female Muslim students in all public schools in the state should be allowed to wear hijab to their schools without harassment or molestation because it was part of their fundamental rights to do so.

Falola said, “My attention was drawn to some students who were encouraged to defy the constituted authority. The only means of protesting this judgement is to appeal and not to encourage children of impressionable age to disobey the authority.

“These are children we pray for to become lawyers, judges, parliamentarians. Their pictures are shown all over the world, it is even on the BBC ( British Broadcasting Corporation).”

The judge also asked lawyers in the case to caution their clients (religious leaders) against destabilising the judiciary with baseless allegations against him.

He said his religion did not have anything to do in determining the hijab case. He explained that he determined the case based on the facts and the law presented before him.

Falola also advised Journalists against undermining the judiciary with write ups he said were calculated to compel the court to dance to their tunes.

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