Nigerian state of Lagos state has informed schools that no student should be discriminated against on the basis of religion. Girls are now allowed to wear a hijab to school. The Muslim headscarf has been disturbing the peace in the state since 2014 when a Lagos high court banned them in schools.
The decision of the Supreme Court is still awaiting, after the appeal but the state government said it would now allow girls to wear hijabs pending the ruling.
It demanded that a student’s hijbab had to be “short, smart, neat and in the same colour of the uniform”.
“No student should be discriminated against in any form on the basis of religion,” it added.
Nigeria’s population is divided between Muslims and Christians.
Christians primarily are in the south and the majority of Muslims live in the north, however, Lagos has a religiously mixed population.