*holds solidarity protest, files 11 fresh cases in Court
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The University of Ibadan International School Ibadan ( ISI) Muslim Parents Forum, on Friday vowed to resist any attempts by the ISI Management to deny their children their fundamental rights to wear Hijab legally, legitimately and peacefully.
Addressing journalists in Ibadan after staging a solidarity protest at the Bodija Housing Estate Mosque, Bodija, the Chairman of the Muslim Parents Forum, Alhaji Abdulrahaman Balogun hinted that the parents have refiled
fresh 11 cases against the School, the Principal and the ISI Board .
Emphasizing that the Parents Forum are determined to legally pursue the case to a logical conclusion,Alhaji Balogun said it was wrong for the Principal of the school to be molesting and embarrassing the female students for wearing Hijab to school and even outside the school premises on the guise that the students were putting on the school uniform.
“The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has given everyone the guarantee and any attempt to deny any of our children of any of such fundamental human right will be resisted legally, legitimately and peacefully. ” he said
The ISI Muslim Parents Forum Chairman added.”we have two appellate judgements in the case of Lagos and Ilorin in support of hijab right and we are just awaiting the judgement of the supreme court on it. And we expect that a Nigerian and in a public-owned school, even if it is a privately owned school, you have to obey the constitution of the Federal Republic Nation. And this is our point.”
Stressing the motive for the solidarity protest. Alhaji Balogun it was because “the thing is now leading into a dangerous height, because when you are now attacking our kids, harassing the parents, then it is getting too dangerous, so we have petitioned the National Human Rights Commission, we have petition the DG DSS, we have petition the IG of Police and we have petition the Ministry of Education, even the University Authority.”
On the fresh court case filed by the Forum, Alhaji Balogun said. “it is my pleasure and honour to announce to you that we have refilled our case against the University of Ibadan, we have refilled our case against the management of ISI, we have refilled our case against Mrs Phebean Olowe and we have refilled our case against the DVC (Academic), Prof E.B. Ekanola and they would have been served the court proceedings. We have filled 11 different cases in line with the details of the courts.”
On earlier moves by the Forum at resolving the matter out of court. the Chairman declared that every effort by the parents to settle the matter out of court had proved abortive as the management of the school refuse to shift ground but insisted that the status quo on the uniform must be maintained.
“We had three meetings to settle out of court, we shifted ground and asked them to tell us the mode of dressing the school wants in terms of shape, mode, colour, size and others, but they are saying, no, the status quo must be maintained. But in the school rules and regulations of ISI, there is nothing there even in section 7 that says that student cannot wear hijab. There is nothing in the books that prevents our daughters or anybody willing for that matter to adorn hijab, let alone the constitution of the FRN. Even, if there is anything like that, the constitution of FRN supersedes any other enabling law. And if it was not contained there, then why are they harassing our girls?
He then stressed that as law abiding citizens. the Parents Forum will continue to fight the battle legally and in line with the construction of Nigeria.