Nigeria’s Supreme Court upholds use of Hijab in Public Schools

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of Nigeria finally laid to rest the issue of the Hijab by granting female Muslim students the use of the hijab in Government-owned schools.

Dismissing an appeal by the Lagos State Government and upholding the earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal which held that the ban on hijab was discriminatory against Muslim students in the state. 

The apex court delivered the ruling and upheld that use of hijab by Muslim students on Friday in Abuja.

Justices on the panel were Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Justice John Inyang Okoro, Justice Uwani Aji, Justice Mohammed Garba, Justice Tijjani Abubakar, and Justice Emmanuel Agim.

The court held that the ban violated the Muslim students’ rights to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, the dignity of human persons, and freedom from discrimination guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution.

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