Aregbesola denies ordering use of Hijab in schools


The governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has denied ordering use of Hijab by female Muslim students in the state public schools.

Speaking at a public function in Osogbo, the state capital on Monday, he said neither his government nor himself ever gave such an order.

Aregbesola challenged openly those accusing him of ordering the use of Hijab by Muslims to bring concrete proof to substantiate their “mischievous claims.”

The governor challenged those accusing him of “plunging the state into religious crisis” to the present a video or voice recording, written speech as evidence.
He maintained that all his programmes on education re-branding are the resolutions that came out of the education summit organised by his administration shortly after coming into office.

Aregbesola noted that the resolution of the summit headed by the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, never considered nor recommended any religion.

According to him: “There is nothing religious in any of our policies. The fact on ground contradicts our opposition’s claim. The choice of my deputy governor tells it all, I knew she is Pentecostal of the highest order before I picked her. Everything we have done in the line of education is in line with the resolution of our education summit.

“Against all speculations, I have not ordered the use of Hijab, I challenge anybody with evidence to come out and show that I have made a proclamation on Hijab.
“If I have permitted Hijab will the muslim have gone to court to challenge it, is that not contradictory?. Is it a crime that I am a Muslim, is it because I struggle to be a good Muslim that everything I do is being misunderstood? I think I don’t deserve all these lies against me.”

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