Osun state Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has stated
that Christians in the state public schools will start wearing Church
garments to school if Governor Rauf Aregbesola goes ahead to implement to
recent State High judgment on wearing of Hijab by Muslim students.
This statement was made through a Communique issued and signed by the state
CAN Chairman, Rev. Elisha Ogundiya at the end of an emergency meeting of
the state CAN Executive Committee, Heads of Blocks and Heads of Churches
held in Osogbo on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
According to him, the meeting deliberated on the outcome of the Hijab Case
with particular reference to the 3rd June, 2016 judgment of Hon. Justice
Saka Oyejide Falola of the Osun State High Court sitting at Court No. 5
Osogbo and resolved on a number of issues.
“OS-CAN states that it finds itself unable to agree with the judgement in
its entirety as we have reasons to believe that it represents a study in
premeditated adjudication that runs against the printed grain of legal
submissions made before him. We have unanimously decided to appeal the
“Specifically speaking, Justice Saka Oyejide Falola deeply violated the
principle of fair hearing when he refused and or failed to hear, let alone
rule, one way or the other, on the application for a joinder in the case
properly filed and brought to his attention in open court by the interested
parties whose schools were taken over forcefully by the government and
stood to be affected by the judgment he later proceeded to deliver.
“Further, Justice Saka Oyejide Falola made an ancillary order which was not
based, anchored or premised on any submission or prayer canvassed by the
parties before him that by saying by way of ancillary Order, The Muslim
Female Students Hijab shall be in the color and design already approved by
the 1st-3rd Respondents and currently in use by Muslim Female Students in
Public Schools or any other design recommended by the 1st-3rd Respondents.
“We maintain that since none of the parties in the case canvassed for such
Order, he went out of the processes to descend into the arena to suit the
desire of his fellow religious faithful. It is, for now, better left to the
imagination where Justice Saka Oyejide Falola came by this detail
extraneous to the filed processes in the Suit.
“That the judgment read severally that Hijab is a means of propagation of
Islam which he said is a fundamental right of Muslim girls and ladies.This
declaration violates the religious right of the original owners of the
missionary schools as agreed upon when the schools were taken over by the
then government of Oyo State in 1975.
“That the government be wary about giving effect to this judgment which we
suspect was masterminded by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola a la work-to-rule mode
in line with his Islamization Agenda which was earlier stated by the
Directorate of Military Intelligence in 2012 based on credible intelligence
and corroborated by OS-CAN in 2014. This unshed toga of Ogbeni Rauf
Aregbesola flies in the face of the fact of the overwhelming number of
Christians in Osun State vis-a-vis Muslims.
“We urge all Christians in Osun State to be law abiding and live peacefully
as we have always done with our neighbours irrespective of their religious
inclination while we seek to employ all legitimate means to resist any form
of Islamization of our beloved State where, incidentally, Christians
constitute the larger number.
“Where the Osun State Government is inclined to implementing the judgment
Christian students in all public schools founded by Christians with the
toil and sweat of our forefathers in the faith will have no choice but to
start wearing Christian garments and vestments as part of their school
uniform for the propagation of our own faith given the Justice Saka Oyejide
Falola declared right of Muslim Female Students to do same as what is
sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander as well. Adherents of other
faiths who have their choice to make in this matter can wear theirs as
“We urge the Osun State House of Assembly to rise to the occasion as we
find their silence on a matter of public interest this clearly capable of
dividing the State, the Security Services, the Civil Service, the Market
Women, School Students and all citizens along religious fault lines rather
disturbing. It presents The Osun State House of Assembly as complicit in
the putting together of the ticking and soon-to-explode time-bomb this
matter certainly is.
CAN called on all men and women of goodwill, Muslims and Christians, The
Presidency, The National Assembly and the International Community to
intervene in this situation before it escalates beyond control.