Hijab: Muslims Call for Tolerance in Ogun Schools, Unity in Ramadan by Gazaliyu Abdul Lateef

Principals across public schools in Ogun State have been called to tolerate and respect the constitutional right of female students in the state.

Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde

The Asiwaju of Muslim Youths in Ogun State and immediate past president of Nigeria Conference of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO), Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde made this call, on Saturday, in Abeokuta at a public lecture organized by The Muslim Congress (TMC), National Headquarters as part of the activities in her 3 – day outing programme.

Alhaji Kamaldeen who commended the state government under the leadership of Senator Ibikunle Amosun for approving the use of hijab for female students in public schools across the state, condemned the unfounded attitude of some principals who deny the students their legal right to practice their religion without fear of molestation.

He also appreciated the Honourable Commissioner of Education in the state, Mrs Modupe Mujota for making sure the approval takes effect, and called on her to see to the affairs of some secondary schools in the state where the governor’s order is still undermined.

The Asiwaju of Muslim Youth also gave kudos to TMC for calling to unity and integration of the country at the time it is mostly needed. “TMC approach to da’wah (Islamic propagation) is very pragmatic and scientific.” He applauded.

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Earlier in his lecture, Shaykh Sirajudeen Yusuf had called on Muslims to imbibe the spirit of unity as one of the messages of Ramadan.

The Imam who described Islam as the divine, comprehensive, universal, moderate and peaceful religion, enjoined its adherents to always exhibit its teachings.

Commenting, the Naibul Amir (Vice President) of TMC worldwide, Shaykh Sherifdeen Ibrahim urged Muslims across the nation to synergise and cooperate with the moon sighting committee of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs towards having a common stand on the commencement of Ramadan 1439.

Imam Issa Topedji from Pobe, Benin Republic, Dr A. O Ogunkoya of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Dr Hazzanat Hamzat of Federal University of Abeokuta, among other scholars and dignitaries graced the occasion.

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