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Management shuts International School, Ibadan down over Hijab Controversy



Management shuts International School, Ibadan down over Hijab Controversy | BellaNaija

The International School, Ibadan has been shut down after several female students showed up to school wearing hijabs.

The school, under the management of the University of Ibadan, had according to Punch received a letter from a group called International School Muslim Parents’ Forum.

The group had address the letter to the school, saying their children would be exercising their constitutional rights by wearing their hijabs to school.

Hijab wearing for young Muslim girls, apart from the fact that it is part of their religious belief, is part of their God given fundamental human right as well as the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Abideen Aderinto, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, however shared that the school will not tolerate the methods of the forum.

Aderinto asked that the parents who make up the group go through the required process if they want the rules to be changed. He said:

I am the chairman of the Court of Governors and I am a proud Muslim.

International School, Ibadan is a private school. The University of Ibadan does not fund it. It is funded by the fees collected. It is unfortunate that this is coming up now.

Even the Parents Teacher Association is not aware of the idea by this group. Indeed, some other Muslim parents expressed shock when they heard about this forum.

Since its establishment in 1963, the school has not experienced any religious crisis and we want to guide against it.

The Muslim and Christian students have a place to worship in the school. Whoever is desired to change the rules should go through the process.

The teachers do not feel safe and so could not have taught anybody, because it is a strange development.

I appeal to these people to stop their action and allow peace to reign in the school.

It is even strange that this matter was not discussed at the Parents Teachers Association headed by another Muslim and lawyer, Mr. Kazeem Olaniyan.


  1. Wifematerial

    November 12, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    What is going on in my country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. omomo

    November 12, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    all these religious adherence yet Nigeria is still in a bad state…the school should not allow it at all..

  3. Cozygal

    November 12, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    When you bring religion into any matter, this is what happens. School should make berets or caps available to whoever feels the need to have heads covered.
    After what happened at law school? I just knew to expecting anything.

  4. Tim Jones

    November 13, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Religious Nigerians.if we spent one percent of time we spend pushing religious agenda fixing Nigeria.It will be a much better place. I Ibadan is filthy, rubbish all over the place.These religious parents seen refuse lining the median on all Ibadan roads and do nothing .Its a private school with its rules and uniform. Uniforms were introduced to school for a reason; to help eliminate socioeconomic and religious differences. Stick to the rules dirty Ibadan people.

    • ceetoo

      November 13, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Dirty is putting is mildly… I live there it is a big dump site of a city. very very sad.
      Religion has finished us… completely in this country. I lack words for this.

  5. Wura Makay

    November 13, 2018 at 7:52 am

    My dear schooooooooollllll!!!!! So many memories!!!

    Hijab Bawo???

  6. anony

    November 13, 2018 at 10:42 am

    who is team ISI here? my alma mata. This makes no sense, why would they shut down a school because of Hijab, take your kids to another school

  7. Temi

    November 13, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    That is my alma matter…what is going on? This sounds like mischief

  8. Ephi

    November 13, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Rubbisssshhhh. First was the law school girl, now it’s this. This nonsense has to stop or these people should establish their own schools where they can cover from head to toe.

  9. zzzzzzzzzzz

    November 13, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Life is very simple, if you cannot adhere to the rules go elsewhere. why cause commotion. I am sure that there are other Islamiya schools that can accommodate the aggrieved.

  10. Meelikey

    November 13, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    The Law school saga created room for this, expect more , “religious sympathizers” will delve into this and we will soon hear how some bold secondary school girls championed the cause of their religion.

  11. TheRealist

    November 14, 2018 at 4:15 am

    The only thing wrong by the Muslim parents is not following laid-down processes…

    I am a Christian but I am nonetheless left mouth agape at the pervasive hypocrisy of Nigerian Christians, as many have already displayed on this thread. Reality is that religion is pervasive in virtually all aspects of Nigerian public life, the only difference being that Christians appear to deem their Christianity a “natural” order (and almost never protest the encroachment of Christianity in state affairs) while treating others as an imposition of sorts. At the end of the day, Nigerians are left fratriciding over two IMPORTED religions! SMH

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