This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
CHURCH GARMENTS IN SCHOOL: OSUN CAN PROMOTING ANARCHY
15th June, 2016,
CHURCH GARMENTS IN SCHOOL: OSUN CAN PROMOTING
Christian students of Baptist High
School, Adeeke and those of Salvation Army Middle School, Alekuwodo, Iwo, State
of Osun, yesterday attended school in church garments.
The Osun State chapter of the Christian
Association of Nigeria had earlier vowed to order Christian students in public
schools to wear church garments to school if Governor Rauf Aregbesola goes
ahead to implement the judgement of the state’s High Court giving legal backing
to the wearing of hijab to school. Justice Oyedeji Falola of the Osun State
High Court, Oshogbo, gave the ruling on 3rd June, 2016.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) condemns this hocus pocus. It is a manifestation
of impunity of the highest order. Osun chapter of CAN has turned the judiciary
into a laughing stock.
It is rather unfortunate that a
religious body of the caliber of CAN has disrespected the judgement of a high
court granting Allah-given fundamental human right to female Muslim students to
use hijab. Nigerians can now see the true face of religious fanaticism.
Something is fishy if Muslims take a case to court instead of going violent or
even demonstrating and Christians now take the law into their hands. This is
MURIC has always maintained that
violence and terrorism must be traced to provocation simply because there can
never be smoke without fire. The cause-effect theory must be properly examined
before apportioning blames.
Hijab is used freely in all public
schools in the North because the Nigerian law allows its use. But the picture
is different in the South where school authorities act a script written by CAN.
But to be or not to be? That is the question. The court has made a pronouncement.
We must decide who calls the shots: Osun CAN or the judiciary.
This is a very dicey situation and we
call on the government of the State of Osun and the state’s police command to
do the needful. The Muslims have obtained a favourable judgement and anyone who
stands in the way of its implementation must be thoroughly dealt with.
executive is guilty of child abuse. They are using innocent children to commit
illegalities. Those underaged children are being goaded to lawlessness by those
old enough to be their grandfathers. What kind of legacy are those elders
leaving behind? How can thuggery, hooliganism and impunity of such magnitude be
encouraged among secondary school students?
Have we found any solution to cultism
in schools yet? We should not be surprised if those children who wore church
garments to school beat up their teachers in future. Neither should we look too
far for their sponsors. At least it is now on record that CAN executive have
ordered indiscipline in public schools.
But we will not lose our heads in spite
of this provocation. We call on Muslim students, Muslim youths in general and
Muslim parents to remain calm. They should allow Nigerians to watch and fully
enjoy this theater of the absurd without being dragged into the list of the dramatis personae.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)