As the controversy surrounding the wearing of Hijab to public schools in Osun state continues to linger, the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has denied claims that he ordered Muslim secondary school female students in the state to wear Hijab to school.
Aregbesola denied the claims while speaking at a public function in Osogbo, the state capital yesterday June 20th.
According to the state governor, the educational policies being initiated by his government had at no time insisted that female students must wear their Hijabs to their school. He challenged those accusing him of leading the state into religious crisis to present a video or voice recording, written speech as evidence that he gave the order to wear Hijab’s in school.
“There is nothing religious in any of our policies. The fact on ground contradicts our opposition’s claim. The choice of my deputy governor tells it all, I knew she is Pentecostal of the highest order before I picked her. Everything we have done in the line of education is in line with the resolution of our education summit. Against all speculations, I have not ordered the use of Hijab, I challenge anybody with evidence to come out and show that I have made a proclamation on Hijab. If I have permitted Hijab will the muslim have gone to court to challenge it, is that not contradictory?. Is it a crime that I am a Muslim, is it because I struggle to be a good Muslim that everything I do is being misunderstood? I think I don’t deserve all these lies against me.”he said.