Lagos - Muslim sisters at some hospitals in Lagos and Oyo States Ibadan are still prevented from using the hijab despite official circulars allowing that, it has emerged.
The Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC) reported this had been observed in the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Igbobi, Lagos (NOHIL) and University College Hospital’s (UCH) School of Nursing, in Ibadan, Oyo.
Posters of the Federal Government allegedly banning the burqa have appeared at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Office, New Garage, Ibadan, and their officials were discriminating against Muslims.
MAPC reported it had been reported that last Friday, soldiers molested a niqabite (Muslim woman with face cover) in Meiran, Lagos.
MPAC reported her hijab was pulled off her head, and all she could do was "crawl away in hurtful and humiliating tears."
Disu Kamor, Executive Chairman of MPAC, said for such reasons, the MPAC once again called on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, to protect the essential rights and liberties of all its citizens.
He urged the government must supervise and carefully evaluate the powers given to, and wielded by, security agencies and parastatals.
“Attacking a Muslim woman wearing the niqab in a public place thousands of kilometers away from the areas directly affected by the Boko Haram insurgency is a definite sign of Islamophobia’s tolerance in our society,” said Kamor.
Kamor said this kind of assault on citizens of the Muslim faith were seldom acknowledged for hate-motivated crimes.
“As it has on previous occasions, the MPAC is warning that this and similar assaults are becoming an increasing threat in a Muslim Nigerian
life and urges both media and politicians to forcefully speak out against them for the good of all citizens.”
Kamor said politicians were as responsible for the welfare of the Muslim women in hijab that were being persecuted as that of every other citizen of this country.
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.
- CAJ News