Osun state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, OS-CAN, has warned that if Governor Rauf Aregbesola proceeds with implementing the recent State High Court judgment on wearing of Hijab by Muslim students, Christian students will start wearing church garments to the state public schools.
This was contained in a communiqué issued and signed by the state CAN Chairman, Rev. Elisha Ogundiya, at the end of an emergency meeting of the state CAN Executive Committee of Heads of Blocks and Heads of Churches held in Osogbo on Tuesday.
The meeting deliberated on the outcome of the Hijab case with particular reference to the 3 June, 2016 judgment of Hon. Justice Saka Oyejide Falola of the Osun State High Court sitting at Court No. 5 Osogbo and resolved to, among other things, appeal the verdict.
According to the communiqué, “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 judgement.
“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.”