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Hijab: Obasanjo lauds Aregbesola on religious neutrality

By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has commended Osun State Governor,
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for being neutral in matters relating to
religion.The former Nigerian president said the religious unrest that greeted
the court ruling permitting the use of female head scarf “hijab” in
Osun public schools is one good example.

Obasanjo, Chairman of the occasion at the handover ceremony of a
multi-purpose hall and a library donated by Senator Yinka Omilani to
Ode-Omu community stated that the recent utterances of Aregbesola on
the court verdict on hijab has doused tension in the state.

Aregbesola had at the wake of the controversy that trailed the order
of court allowing the use of hijab said he had at no time ordered the
use of hijab in schools, noting that since he could not order his wife
and daughter on the use of hijab, he could not have done that with

Obasanjo, who was represented by Gbaabile of Egbaland, Dr. Femi
Majekodunmi said the statement from the governor confirmed his
neutrality in the conflict over the use of hijab by female Muslim
students in public schools in the state.

He said, “He (Obasanjo) is in China now. He said the governor
(Aregbesola) said something which confirmed his neutrality in the
matter; that word went a long way in dousing the tension which
recently heightened in the state.”

Obasanjo described the donor, Senator Omilani, a former Vice Chairman
of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South West, as a great
philanthropist, noting that his contribution to his community, Osun
State and Nigeria at large can never be overlooked.

He urged the community to make the judicious use of the facilities
which he described as a significant legacy.

Speaking as the Chief Guest of Honour, Aregbesola reaffirmed his
administration’s determination on provision of infrastructures in
nooks and crannies of the state regardless of the current economic

He announced that the ongoing construction of Gbongan/Ode-Omu
dual-carriageway will be completed before the end of this year.

The Governor attributed the slow-pace of work at various construction
sites and projects by his administration to the effect of fall in the
revenue accruing to the state, assuring that all the ongoing projects
in the state will be completed before the end of his tenure.

He said, “It is unfortunate that we found ourselves in this economic
condition in spite of the numerous nature of our resources. As you all
know that Osun was the first state to awaken Nigerians on the dangers
of the adverse economy we are currently experiencing.

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