The Lagos State Government has asked principals and teachers to allow the use of ‘smart hijab’.

A statement, signed by one O.A. Olukoya, for the Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary, Education District VI, which consisted of schools in Ikeja, Mushin and Oshodi areas of Lagos, said disciplinary actions should be downplayed on the use of hijab pending the determination of a suit on the matter before the Supreme Court.

“Since the case of the use of hijab in Lagos State is still pending in the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the status quo should be maintained, to avoid contempt of court. That is, students may be allowed to wear hijabs on school uniforms, but same must be short, smart, neat and in the colour of the school uniform (skirt).

“Furthermore, school managements are advised to downplay comments and disciplinary actions on the use of smart hijabs until the final determination of the case by the Supreme Court. No student should be discriminated against in any form on the basis of religion,” the statement said.