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Stop Allowing Pupils Wear Hijab And Uniforms That Depict Their Religion – Wole Soyinka

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Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka yesterday, Monday, November 23, showed his dissatisfaction over pupils who wear school uniforms that depict their religion in Nigeria.

Talking at the inauguration of a N750m school named after him which was built by the Osun State Government in Ejigbo, Soyinka warned against dividing the pupils along religious lines by allowing them wear uniforms that typified their religious affiliations. He went further to point out that the feeling of holier than thou was one of the factors that brought about the abduction of the Chibok girls by Boko Haram insurgents.

Soyinka also lambasted the federal government for not being able to rescue the kidnapped Chibok girls since they were abducted by Boko Haram. He described it as a “shame” on the federal government.

At the inauguration

At the inauguration

He said: “One of the ways we can reduce this fatalistic sense of holiness is to reduce the element of difference. I wish to implore that we do not distinguish our children by their religions. In schools, we need not distinguish our children, the fatalistic religious holiness and the holier-than-thou attitude must be reduced among our pupils. It is a shame that the nation cannot account for over 200 girls in Chibok. I sympathize with the religious policy of governments in school; children must not be brought up feeling that religion inhibits knowledge.”

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