Ogun teachers almost killed  my daughter for using Hijab- Father cries out

Ajayi Habeebat

A father of  a nine-year-old girl,  Muhammad AbdulAleem has narrated  how his daughter , Aisha , was almost killed by her teacher for using hijab (Muslim female headcover) on tbe school uniform .

AbdulAkeem who spoke with PLATFORM TIMES accused two teachers of Gateway Junior Secondary school of forcefully removing the  headcover off his daughter .

AbdulAkeem claimed that in the process of the forceful removal,  the two teachers  almost killed  his daughter as they keep dragging the hijab on her head .

He said,  “Just like other children ,Aisha sat for school entrance examination  and was offered admission into secondary school.

“She was welcomed with hatred malice and denial, as she could not wear hijab in  the public school.

“At St Peter’s college Olomore,  A teacher threatened her that she must never come, hence,  the need to follow her to the school to confirm.

“The school principal said there is a memorandum of understanding between the government and the missionary schools  that hijab will not be allowed in Christian missionary schools  except the community schools.

“Though, this is challengeable but for peace to reign, I asked for referral to the said community based schools which the Zonal Education Officer gave reluctantly.

“On referral to Gateway junior secondary school, the principal , identified as Mrs Kushimo said boldly that Hijab is abomination in Ogun state public schools.

“I wrote a letter informing the Hon. Commissioner for Education on the development. The Commissioner for Education informed me that nobody has  the right to reject hijab in the public secondary school.

“After waiting for reply and action  for long, I took my daughter to the school  and completed the Registration at the sixth week For her to meet up with her peers and sit for the mid-term test.

“The Vice Principal  admitted her and fixed her into  JSS1A. But, the class teacher declined, denied, refused and compelled l her to remove  the hijab before she can be admitted into her class.

“The little girl was trying to explain to her that her father has seen the VP on this issue when another female teacher came from behind to jerk the hijab off her head.

“At the ninth week and when I have concluded that instead of putting the State on jeopardy by staging  protest ,I  prefer towing a civic way by seeking a redress in the court of law”.

Meanwhile,  AbdulAkeem  has sought a court redress in the Ogun state High Court sitting at Isabo area of Abeokuta of the state.

AbdulAkeem filed a suit against the state government,  commissioner for education and Justice respectively and the principal of Gateway Junior secondary school over violation of human right of Aishat.

In the suit filed by the father , he alleged that two public schools in Ogun state,  St.  Peters and Gateway Junior school have refused to allow his daughter to  put on head cover, after paying the school charges and fees.

In the suit, AbdulAkeem explained that the teachers and principals of both schools claimed his daughter must remove the hijab if she wants  to be a student of the schools.

The suit also demanded for payment of 1million Naira as a damaging fee from the defendants,  saying Aisha’s fundamental Human Rights were being violated.

While presenting the case, the claimant counsel, Olusoji Oduntan sought adjournment of the case, claiming that the defence  counsel just sent a defendant counter affidavit.

He also accused the defendce counsel of using tactics to delay the proceedings.

He however , demanded for  a cost of N50,000 from the defend counsel as delay fee in filling the counter affidavit.

In a counter reaction, the defence  counsel, T. M Sodipo said the counsel is not trying to delay the hearing.

She added that they want the court to proceed on a fast hearing  on the case, saying they got the suit late.

The judge, Justice Bamgbose Alabi  however adjourned the case to 8 January, 2019 for hearing.


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