The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola yesterday said that his government neither approved nor disapproved the use of hijab in any school.
The governor while making his remarks at the peace meeting between the Muslim Community and Christian Community at the Baptist High School in Iwo and the distribution and assessment of the performance of Opon Imo, noted that it was the court’s position that the status quo ante be maintained until the case was determined.
Aregbesola stressed that his government being a product of rule of law was guided in all its actions in strict adherence to the principles of the rule of law in the state.
According to the governor, “we are a product of the rule of law and this has guided all our actions. As we have said in the past, we have not approved the use of hijab in any school. Let me repeat this again for the hearing of mischief-makers who have been working tirelessly to bring religious war to our state.
“Those prompting chaos and conflagration in our state; those who have well established antecedent of violent behaviour; those sowing the seed of discord in our schools and community and inciting one religion against another, as we have said in the past, government did not at any time approve the use of hijab in any school, before the matter went to court. It is the court’s position that the status quo ante be maintained until the case is determined.”
He pointed out that government had set up a committee on discipline in public schools and when the report is released, government would enforce discipline in all schools.
His words: “Yoruba people have a tradition of accommodation and inclusion; that is why our families are interwoven around all religions.
“Some people, goaded from hell, however, are working to break our bond of unity by beating the drum of religious war. They will fail and only they and their families will dance to that evil beat.”