Lagos - The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria,
Lagos State Area Unit (MSSN Lagos) has expressed anger over the increasing
human rights abuse against Muslim females wearing hijab.
“The avalanche of agony stories and revelations of
monumental intimidation/harassment of Muslim females putting on the Hijab in
recent times is condemnable and an act against the laws of Allah (God) and even
that of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” said the Amirah (female head) of the
MSSN Lagos, Hajia Hafsoh Badru.
She said the organisation considered such acts as a corrupt
act against humanity and a coup against the fundamental rights of female
There have been suggestions the hijab would be banned in
Nigeria owing to its use by some suicide female bombers.
Badru raised concern some security personnel had been
intolerant to the extent of removing Muslim females’ hijab and veil.
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“Our stand is simply that if the government is truly not the
one sending the security officers harassing Muslims on hijab, it should prove
that by fishing out the perpetrators of the previous harassment against
Hijabites and additionally impose a stiff punishment on anyone caught doing
The Muslim leader lamented the alleged refusal of the
judiciary to protect the allegedly harassed and molested Muslims when
approached on the ban placed on hijab in public schools in Lagos.
Hijab is a veil that covers the head and chest, which is
particularly worn by some Muslim women beyond the age of puberty in the
presence of adult males outside of their immediate family.
“The Ikeja High Court that we approached for judgement in
favour of hijab ruled against it claiming the ‘secular nature’ of Lagos State
and Nigeria as a whole,” said Badru.
- CAJ News