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Hijab Crisis: Lagos House Probes Principal  print

Published on March 5, 2013 by   ·   31 Comments

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday evening began the probe of the alleged maltreatment of Aisha Alabi, a female student of Kadara Junior Grammar School in the Ebute Metta area of the state by the school head, Mrs. E.C. Ukpaka, for using hijab to school.

The House set up a four-man ad-hoc committee to investigate the allegation that Mrs. Ukpaka gave the student between 21 and 42 strokes of the cane as claimed by some members of the Muslim community in the state.

The members of the Muslim community had protested to the Government House in Alausa, Ikeja last week decrying the situation and asking the government to act on the issue.

The protest also resulted in the petition written by the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) which claimed that the beating of the 14-year old student was enough to cause religious crisis.

While deliberating on the petition, some of the members urged that the matter should be handled with caution to prevent it from degenerating into a serious crisis.

Suuru Avoseh, a lawmaker representing Badagry Constituency 2 at the House, described the incident as unfortunate.

“We don’t expect such an act to happen here in Lagos where peace reigns. There is no law that prohibits a particular religious dressing in our schools in Lagos. We need to be careful in handling religious matters of this nature. I will suggest that the concerned school and the state Ministry of Education be invited to the House so that we can investigate this matter,” he argued.

In his reaction, the Chief Whip of the House, Razaq Balogun, on his part, warned that the House should not be quick in passing judgment over the issue.

He pointed out that the House has only heard a side of the matter and that it will be unfair to conclude and pass a judgment on the issue as a thorough investigation into the allegation had not been conducted.

Balogun said: “We have only heard a side of the story; I don’t want to believe the child was beaten for wearing hijab. I don’t see a school in Lagos banning the use of hijab. Religion in Lagos is 50-50. So, what we should do is investigate the matter before arriving at a conclusion.”

Speaker of the House, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, while summing up the arguments, warned that such actions would not be tolerated in the state.

“I don’t think such a thing can happen; no teacher can harass or beat a student for wearing hijab. We should not allow this to degenerate,” Ikuforji said before setting up an ad-hoc committee.

The members of the committee, which include Balogun as the Chairman, Wahab Alawiye-King; Muhibat Rufai Adeyemi and Bimpe Akinsola, were instructed to report back to the House next week.

—Eromosele Ebhomele

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31 Comments for “Hijab Crisis: Lagos House Probes Principal”

  1. Rev. M.A Gbamire

    The Lagos state House of Assembly has taken the right decision by setting up an ad-hock committee to investigation the issue. And it is expedient that the result of the investigation be handle with care in other to help the concern person a soft landing. I suggest that the state ministry of education should train and retrain teachers, principals and headmasters on religious harmony. This is what is lacking in other part of the country, that exposes us to all sorts of terrorism and extremism. This will help the ministry to have a sense of belonging and will also assist the state a long way. Both imams and pastors from the orthodox background be posted to schools. This will inculcate religious values to the children at the grass root. These clergymen should be employed by the state ministry of education as approved by the state house of Assembly. I am ready to serve in such capacity.

  2. Alhaji Pastor

    I always thought Lagos State Goverment has approved school uniforms for all her schools. Is Hijab one of the approved school uniform for this school.

    Something is fishy about this and the composition of the committee

    • Ola

      ALHAJI PASTOR, it is obvious that u dont know the difference b/w Hijab and school uniform. You are hereby advised to go and learn more for u to be able to give the right respond.

    • it seems u neither know what u are saying nor what u are doing,infact ur name even prove it.if d hijjab is not part of uniform,does that mean she should kill her.kini agbe ki le ju.se oribibe ni oogun inu rirun ni?that is even child abuse &human right violation.infact u & the principal must be arrested for terrorism & for disturbing d peace of d state.if not d muslims are peaceful,it would have turnd 2 another thing.

  3. YSF

    Rev. You again here?
    I just love your unbiased comments same on sun newspapers

  4. I think the house is not taking the right step in this matter. The starting point is, “WHAT IS THE APPROVED UNIFORM FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN LAGOS? DOES IT SPECIFICALLY INCLUDE THE USE OF HIJAB? DO THE OPERATORS I.E . TEACHERS HAVE A WRITTEN INSTRUCTION FRO THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION ON WHAT TO USE AND WHAT NOT TO USE? ” BECAUSE THEY MAY BE LAYING A VERY BAD PRECEEDENT IF THIS IS NOT PROPERLY INVESTIGATED. THE TIME WILL COME WHEN A SHANGO WORSHIPPER ( WHOSE ONE WAY OF DRESSING IS FOR A MAN TO PLAIT HAIR) WILL GO TO LAGOS PUBLIC SCHOOLS WITH PALITED HAIR. IF REBUKED, THE IDOL WHORSIPPERS TOO WILL START MAKING TROUBLE UNDER THE DISGUISE OF RELIGIOUS INTOLLERANCE. We expect not only Justice to be done, BUT seen as done in this matter. EKO O NIBAJE O.

    • taiwo

      Excuse me, why can’t she warn her or probably even seize the hijab instead of beating her to that extent if she insisst its not part of the sch. uniform, this is an act of injustice, and a child abuse act as well. will she beat her own daughter like that . xtains should pls stop being bias when it comes to religious issue and be more tolerance.

  5. sxxb

    Is hijab part of the school uniform? is the school strictly a muslim school?, this is highly provocating.
    All the ad-hoc members look muslims.

    • whitequills

      Including Bimpe Akinsola, perhaps the whole house is full of Muslims. If you must know the Speaker, who is a Muslim, would have thrown his weight if he was the bigot you want us to think they are. Lets face issues here, you heard the Rev’s opening speech even though i disagree with the part of posting clerics to schools

  6. ademola

    Otito koro; u er not talk wit good sense if I may used D word , dis so called principal has bin doing dis for so long now God has revealed her evil act this kind of act is happing here in my area Alapre @CANAAN sch which D principal will beat up D muslims students who did not bring their bible to sch dis act is very common in some Christian whenever dey see Hijab SISTER they will look @her as if is a slave, begger or they were not human being . Its high time we let people kn dat Nigerian is multi-religion we most not see other religion as our enemy. God kns D best.

  7. Agbejoro (Advocate)

    Virtually all d people in this c’tee seems to be from a particular religion, was the c’tee set up to fail or to create more controversies. -Agbejoro

  8. Listen to both sides,please.

  9. Ade

    Most of the christians are always biased. Why?

  10. why are chritian always bias?this is strait foward case.will you allow your child to be given 34 strokes of cane by a muslim principal for wearing cross to school.

  11. In our usual religious intolerance we are missing the point.
    No matter what the student wore if it is true that the principal seriously beat the student then that principal is guilty of child abuse and has no right working with children.
    Lets not forget that Lagos State government gas signed into law the Child Rights Law and many of us adults need to read it.

  12. boyce

    The principal is not well trained, i suspect she is one of those quack.

  13. joseph bode

    I think the composition of this committee have shown us where and what the Muslim dominated house of assembly want if not the member supposed to be equal from the religion,God will save us in this country sha as everything have been politized

  14. Taofik

    Ade Omo Ade, I congratulate ur parents 4 the wisdom that Allah bestowed on u. Bayo Oloko, I pray that what is your own(good) will not be taken from u. Amin.

  15. THE GOVERNOR MUST ENSURE THAT THERE IS RELIGIOUS HARMONY IN LAGOS. IF THE CONTENT OF THIS STORY IS ANYTHING TO GO BY, THE COMMENT OF THE SPEAKER IS UNHELPFUL,
    THE HOUSE SHOULD ALSO BE CONSCIOUS OF WHAT COULD BE THE FALLOUT OF THEIR ACTION. THEY MUST REFRAIN FROM STARTING WHAT MAY CONSUME THEM.
    IS THERE ANY APPROVED SCHOOL UNIFORM IN LAGOS STATE. HOWEVER, WHILE ENFORCING DISCIPLINE IS IMPORTANT, I FIND IT UNBELIEVABLE THAT ANY TEACHER WILL GIVE A CHILD 21 CANE LASHES FOR CONTRAVENING SCHOOL RULES. IF IT IS TRUE, LET’S SEE THE PICTURE OF THE LACERATION ON THE STUDENT’S BODY.

    • whitequills

      Your suggestions expose your civility. We all know those who flog, do it on backs, so want to see what was to be and is being covered. I wonder if you have any moral grooming

  16. Lanre

    The headteacher should be sacked and charged for child abuse.

    How dare she give her 42 strokes of the cane.

  17. Younglegend

    All these rantings on wearing or not wearing hijab is thrash….. I believe the school have a specified uniform and if hijab must be worn it should be between praying hours and thereafter be kept in their bags

  18. Alhaji Muhammadu Zakariyyau

    It is unfortunate that Readers of this publication react to issues with bias mind even though a committe has set up to investigate the matter. The Principal did not beat students with mini skirt but student who wore hijab which was a fulfilment of God’s instruction in the Qur’an. It’s a pity.

  19. Alee Captain O.

    dat’s unfair oohhh,imagine beatin student for wearin hijab instead of warnin her….eehhh dat woman has to b punished for dis ohhh.

  20. ade

    I can’t just understand what’s happening in this world.lets be sensible, she wore hijab and another wore mini skit,which one did you think is expose or liable to raped?.I support a punishment to that heartless & cunt principal.Didn’t she got a decency?

  21. fasmos

    IT IS A PITY DAT SOME ARE JUST TALKIN DEY DID NT KNW D MEANIN OF FREEDOM.. DONT WE HAVE FREEDOM OF RELIGION N U ARE HARASIN PPLE DAT DERE RELIGION HAVE THOUGHT HOW TO DO EVERYTIN IN LYF, IF UR RELIGION ALSO THOUGHT U HOW 2 DRESS U CAN GO ON N DO DSAME TIN….. HIJAB IS FUNDAMENTAL IN OUR RELIGION….

  22. kolawole

    The school was originally established to liberate mankind from slavery, oppression and immorality, into emancipation, chastity and sound morals. It unfortunate that schools now have turned to where vices, prostitutions and immoralities are being trained and learned because religious consciouness has been drastically faced out from the school system. No person has respect for religion and moral any more in the name of WESTERNISATION and CIVILIZATION. Stakeholders should rethink this issues.

  23. kolawole

    Parents send their children to schools in order to be trained for self reliance, development and self sustenance plus moral uprightness. The most places where moral decadence is in rampage is the school and all institutions of learning. this is the place where pupils are to be taught chastity and respect for individual’s belief and right. Reverse is the case. A well trained child from primary school will not join public secondary schools nowadays except he/she becomes morally wanting-sexually- and shameless

  24. kolawole

    Let us imagine a student wearing mini skirt to school with her grown breast shooting out, compared to that girl with all her body fully covered. What is assurance of the naked girl not being raped with her uncovered chest. So, my life and family should be put into danger and molestation of humanity because I want to go to school. why can’t we just think and make a constructive criticism before criticising any matter. so, school uniform should right now be defined rather than being naked in the name of sch uniform

  25. whitequills

    @Younglegend. Your suggestion may sound moderate but we need to understand the basics of any case to meaningfully approach and resolve it. You sound like a voice of reason (alongside a few others here). The constitution says that nobody shall be discriminated or denied of any privilege(s) base on religion, access to education inclusive. The hijab, according to the Muslims is compulsory. The constitution recognizes Islam and the rights of Muslims, in so far as it doesn’t encroach on the rights of others. What I think we should also look at is what would such a principal do to a latecomer, absentee, a poor performing student or if she find her student in skimpy clothes like most other young girls that age do? I strongly believe she has gone too far on this one. The girl deserves in the least an apology from her.

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