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“No Hijab In UI Int’l School” — Other Parents Tackle Muslim Counterparts


Parents of the pupils of the University of Ibadan International School of different religious belief, including Ifa priests, met on Tuesday to deliberate on the hijab controversy, which led to the closure of the school on Monday.

Members of the Muslim Parents’ Forum, chaired by Abdulrahman Balogun, stormed the school around 7am on Tuesday and distributed hijab to willing students hours to the commencement of the emergency meeting of the Parent Teachers’ Association.

At the meeting, which lasted about three hours, parents charged at each other over the controversy generated by the wearing of hijab to school by some of the pupils on Monday.

A university researcher and herbalist, Awosanmi Abe, who intervened during the session, recalled how the principal of the school prevented his children from coming to the school wearing traditional beads, a decision he accepted in good faith.

A parent, Alhaja Basirat Adeniyi, in an electronic mail sent to the Chairman of the PTA, Dr Kazeem Olaniyan, a copy of which was available to PUNCH Metro, described Monday’s action by her fellow Muslim brothers and sisters as diversionary and a deliberate ploy to create division in the school, stressing that the use of hijab should not be tolerated in the school.

A former Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, UI chapter, Prof. Ademola Aremu, said  as a Muslim, he was not in support of the agitation by the forum for the students to wear hijab, stressing that the elite were only employing religion to divide the nation and turn people away from issues that were germane to nation building and the students’ future.

The Chairman of the Muslim Parents’Forum Balogun, who confessed that he authored the letter to the school authority on the need for Muslim students to wear hijab, was booed and shouted down by some of the parents who attended the meeting.

Balogun and scores of other Muslim parents stormed out of the meeting and vowed to pursue the matter to a logical conclusion.

After Balogun and the others’ exit, the meeting resolved that the status quo should be maintained and called on the management to beef up security on the school’s premises, noting “that wearing of hijab will fan the ember of division and insecurity among students.”

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