The Muslim Community of Oyo State, on Monday, stated that the claim by the management of the Internationl School, Ibadan, ISI, that the school was a private institution was baseless and diversionary.
The General-Secretary of the group, Sheik Ismail Busari, argued that the claim by the management of the school ran contrary to the country’s constitution that was used in establishing the institution in 1963.
Busari, while addressing journalists at the gate of the school after its indefinite closure, asked, “When has the ISI become a private establishment when the UI DVC Academics is the Chairman of the board?
“And Section 32 sub-section 2 of the 1999 Constitution as amended guarantees the right of Muslim ladies to wear hijab. We are operating a common law but as you can see, the common law is not common in Nigeria. Even in Europe, Muslims and Christians learn side by side. It (hijab) is allowed in Europe not only for students, but for military men and uniformed men. Hijab is decency; it is a form of protection; its appearance distracts nobody.”