Osun Hijab “Crisis”: Religion, Education and the Future


By David Dimas

Education is historically considered a great equalizer in the Nigerian society, capable of lifting the less advantaged children and improving their chances for success as adults. But indeed, society has changed immensely and theatrically over the years. Religious relationships that once existed in our schools have been ruptured.

If you look back in the history of Nigeria, education has never been out of reach for her people because Nigerians understand that education carries both intrinsic as well as instrumental values. The under-privileged like me did all we could not to lose any opportunity to get those values.

Growing up as a boy bred and educated in both the northern and western parts of Nigeria, I was privileged to see and enjoy the thrills, challenges and culture of both regions. Education was a must for me. Current affairs and history of Nigeria were my passion.

As I went to secondary school and later advanced levels in education, I learnt that we live in a country where the constitution gives us right to exercise freedom in an equitable manner and that it is the job of the government to ensure that this freedom is protected and equality prevails within the borders of its society. I also leant that there are developed and developing countries with their peculiar challenges.

Nigeria, being a developing nation, is currently facing many challenges, one of which is religious bigotry.

When a student applies for admission into any university or an applicant prepares his Curriculum Vitae for interview consideration, they all have to deal with the question of religion.

Even though we deny it, many qualified student and candidates have been denied admission and jobs because they come from a religion while others only got in because of a their religion.

Needless to say, such system does nothing …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper