From Clement Adeyi, Osogbo
Controversy which trailed a judgement of the Osun High Court allowing female Muslim students wear hijab to public schools in the state, took a new twist yesterday as some Christian students dressed in choir robes and church garments to class.
Students of Baptist High School, Iwo, who wore vestments, caused a stir in the school as other students who were in uniform hailed them.
Some female Muslim students who also appeared in hijab equally gained access to the school without restriction.
Also, some male students adorned white robes around 8:30am before other students joined in adorning white and purple choir robes.
Daily Sun gathered that the students were allowed into the school premises by security men without hindrance.
Also, some students dressed in white Celestial Sultana were hailed by their classmates while members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) were in the school to monitor the reaction of the teachers.
No student was chased out of classrooms for not appearing in their school uniforms as teachers went about their duties.
The students also related freely despite their varying modes of dressing.
Principal of the school, Mr. Omotayo Arowolo said there was no crisis in the school despite the development.
He said teachers were doing their jobs and the school peaceful.
Head of the Catholic bloc of CAN in Iwo, Cathechist Paul Olagoke said they were in the school to ensure no student was chased out.
“We are here to defend the rights of our children. Since female Muslim students are free to wear hijab, our children are also free to wear anything they want, too.”
At Salvation Army Middle School, Alekuwodo, Osogbo, Muslim female students who also wore hijab to school were allowed to stay in school just as some CAN members were seen at the school gate, apparently to ensure that no Christian students who wore choir and church garment was sent out of the school.
On June 3, Justice Jide Falola delivered a verdict that female Muslim students should be allowed to wear hijab in all public schools in the state. He claimed that it is part of their fundamental human rights.
Thereafter, CAN replied that it would direct Christian pupils to start wearing choir robes and other Christian garments to schools should the judgment be implemented.