Abuja - The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has
denounced the reported ban on hijab in the National Youth Service Corps camps.
A hijab is a veil that covers the head and chest, which
is sometimes worn by some Muslim women beyond the age of puberty in the
presence of adult males outside their immediate family as a form of modest
Director-General of the NYSC, Johnson Olawumi, on Tuesday
announced a ban on the use of “long hijab” by female corps members, citing
MURIC Director, Pro. Ishaq Akintola, said the ban is unacceptable.
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“The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) rejects the purported
ban. It is reckless, baseless and preposterous. No public officer of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria should speak in such manner. The pronouncement
smacks of power drunkenness. It is a hate statement. The Director General needs
to purge himself of Islamophobia,” said Akintola.
The official thus advised female Muslim corpers to
continue to use their hijab.
“It is their Allah-given fundamental human right.”
Akintola said the organisation was keeping a tab on
“those unscrupulous elements who will snatch the hijab from the heads of our
daughters or those powerdrunk officials who will expel them from NYSC camps.”
“Perhaps the time has come to revisit the whole
gamut of this NYSC affair,” Akintola, a professor, said.
- CAJ News