Counsel for nine-year-old Aisha AbdulAleem who instituted a case of violation of fundamental human rights at the Ogun State High Court, Abeokuta, over the use of hijab in public schools in the state, Semiu Akinbami, has kicked against the decision of some traditionalists to join the suit.
The traditionalists in the state, under the aegis of Traditional Healers Association, on Wednesday appeared before the court to show interest in the suit.
Aisha had instituted the case against the principal of Gateway Secondary School, Abeokuta, Mrs Kushimo; Comissioner for Education, Modupe Mujota, and her counterpart in the Ministry of Justice, Dr Olumide Ayeni.
The counsel for the traditionalists, Chief Bode Akintubuwa, announced his appearance at the resumed hearing on Wednesday.
When the presiding judge, Justice Bamgbose Alabi, told the counsel for the traditionalists that he had yet to see his application to be joined in the case, Akintubuwa explained that he had applied for the processes.
The counsel for the claimant, however, described the appearance of Akintubuwa as “another twist.”
Akinabami said, “Our case is against the government. He is just here to waste the time of the court.”
Akintubuwa argued that the traditionalists decided to apply to be joined in the case because it is of “public interest.”
He said, “We want the court to make a ruling whether it is fundamental right to go to public institution to wear religious apparel.”
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