ov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has on Tuesday in Ibadan assured people of the state that his government would not trample on their religious rights.
Makinde said this in a statement by his Special Assistant on Islamic Affairs, Mr AbdulRasheed AbdAzeez, to mark the 2022 World Hijab Day.
The governor congratulated the Muslim Ummah in the state, especially the female adherents and pledged that his administration would not oppose activities and practices that would promote godliness and modesty.
“Hijab is a covering which not only beautifies the wearer but also helps in advancing decency in the society.
“Muslim students who wish to wear hijab in public schools in Oyo State have not been denied their right to do so,” he said.
“I have instructed those in positions of authority in the state’s public service and across all our public schools not to intimidate or harass anyone because of their religious beliefs or practices.
“Our government is God-fearing and we will continue to preach religious tolerance, equality and justice, which will further engender peaceful coexistence, love and togetherness.
“As the theme of this year’s celebration suggests, hijab is the pride of every female Muslim and it remains sacrosanct,” he said.
He appealed to various religious heads and leaders to always seek engagement with the state government on any issue in order to avoid religious crisis.
“Our doors are open for advice, suggestion and consultation on ways of moving our dear state forward”, he said.