By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo
Osun State Government has described as unfortunate the allegation against it by the stateâ€™s chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that it was the mastermind of judgement favouring Muslim students to wear head scarf Â in public schools.
Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary, Mr. Abiola Adewemimo in a statementÂ on ThursdayÂ accused the stateâ€™s chapter of CAN to be mindful of the fact that the judicial arm is independent of the control of the executive.
â€œWhile we consider this to be unfortunate, we hasten to remind all religious groups, Christians, Muslim and traditional religion worshipers that the Judiciary is an independent arm of Government that is responsible and not under the control of the Executive in anyway.â€ He wrote.
He added that, â€œWe must state that it is unfortunate and very sad that a body of religious leaders could level such an allegation without any proof or evidence.
â€œThis is an option we are aware CAN has already settled for having filed a Notice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal on the same matter.
â€œFor avoidance of doubt, it is the right of any aggrieved party who is dissatisfiedÂ with the judgement of the Court to Appeal. Both parties should remember that the Government was a defendant in the suit and has remained neutral on the issue even before the court.
â€œThe Government should, therefore, not be dragged into the matter, as it will continue to maintain its neutrality in matters of this nature, preferring to maintain and promote our roles in the interest of all regardless of their religious affiliations.â€