The Lagos state government has given a go ahead to Muslim female pupils to use hijab in public schools.
The development was announced in a circular by the state’s area unit of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN).
A Lagos high court had in October 2014, ruled against the use of hijabs in schools, a judgement that was upturned by an appeal court in July 2016.
In a unanimous judgment, the appeal court noted that the ban was discriminatory against Muslim pupils in Lagos state. Dissatisfied with the appellate court’s judgment, the state government took the case to the supreme court.
It subsequently placed a ban on the use of hijab in August 2018.
However, in a new circular, the state government asked that status quo be maintained in order to avoid contempt of court.