Ilorin - Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) has decried the use of young girls wearing hijab (veil) for suicide-bombing.
National Armirah of FOWMAN, Hajia Amina Omoti, made the condemnation at a news conference heralding its Annual National Conference 2015 in Ilorin on Thursday.
Omoti noted that the use of girls wearing hijab for bombing necessitated the call for the ban of the veil in some quarters.
"We are equally worried by the unsolicited advice to government in different print and electronic media to ban its use."
Represented by the association’s National Naibat–Amirah, Hajia Farida Sada-Yusuf, Omoti noted that FOWMAN was objecting to the call because the ban would deprive female Muslims their right to worship.
"FOMWAN is deeply concerned and worried at the unfortunate use of young and innocent girls wearing hijab to create havoc in the North Eastern part of Nigeria."
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"Nigeria is a multi-religious country where freedom of religion and worship are guaranteed in Section 38 (1) of the 1999 Constitution.
"Any attempt to ban Hijab, a prescribed dress code of the Muslim woman in the Noble Qur'an 24 verse 30 and 31, is tantamount to trampling on the right of the Muslim woman to worship," Omoti said.
The FOWMAN national president, therefore, urged government to rather remain focused in its fight to end insurgency and not be distracted by those calling for ban of hijab.
She appealed to Muslim faithful to remain calm and law abiding and resist attempts to be provoked.
Omoti urged them to continue to pray for the government to succeed and for peace to return to Nigeria.
Omoti said the association had carried out humanitarian services to ameliorate the plight of victims of insurgency in the North East.
She also commended efforts of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari at ensuring an end to the crisis.
Omoti said the conference, which coincided with 30 years existence of the association, would focus on promotion of peaceful co-existence among people of the country.
She said Wale Babalakin (SAN) would deliver a lecture, Religion and Ethnic Plurality: Implication for National Development, at the conference hosting about 1,200 participants within and outside the country.