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Muslim students oppose ban on Hijab

31 December 2015, 19:08

Lagos – The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria (Lagos State Area Unit) has warned President Muhammad Buhari against attempts to ban the Hijab.

The Amir (President) of MSSN LSAU, Mallam Saheed Ashafa, said such a consideration would ridicule the war against Boko Haram.

“It is an unnecessary approach,” Ashafa said.

Ashafa said the on Hijab meant the Boko Haram had succeeded in their “deceptive ideology” and might strengthen their “unjustifiable zeal” to kill.

The sentiments come after Buhari, during a presidential chat late Wednesday, said the government might consider ban on Hijab if terrorists continued to use it to perpetuate evil.

Ashafa said this was unrealistic.

"The statement by President Buhari is disappointing. It is an indication that the present administration is trying to apply the faulty approach of the last administration that took us nowhere. A ban on Hijab is wrong, biased and the greatest approach that can drown the support and popularity of the Buhari-government.”

Also read: Muslim group resists ban on hijab 

Ashafa proposed the government acquired “bomb detective gadgets” which could detect bombs from afar.

“Instead of considering how to stop the wearing of Hijab, the FG should be thinking of how to stop Boko Haram,” said Ashafa.

He said the Hijab was a garment of honour, an apparel of modesty and an outfit commanded to be worn by Allah.

 “If Hijab ban must be considered, then the government has to also ban use of vehicles, handbags, cell phones, motorcycle and suits because more evils have been perpetuated through them. It's totally illogical to attach Boko Haram attacks to a dress code or pattern.”

Ashafa, however, condemned Boko Haram and its activities in entirety, but insisted that more practical approaches were needed to defeat the terrorists.

“Just as it would be wrong for anyone to say that suits or vehicles should be banned because they are used to rob or assassinate and terrorise. It would also be unfair for anybody to consider Hijab ban because of its wrong usage,” said Ashafa.

A Hijab is a veil that covers the head and chest, which is particularly worn by some Muslim woman beyond the age of puberty in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family.




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