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Women in hijab being disenfranchised at PVC Registration Centers – MURIC



Women in hijab being disenfranchised at PVC Registration Centers – MURIC

The Muslim Concerns (MURIC) has alleged that women in hijab are being disenfranchised right from the PVC Registration Centers. Leader of the organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola, who made the allegation in a statement added; “Muslim women are being asked to remove their hijab before capturing can take place. Some are asked to draw back the hijab from their faces to expose their ears. Of course the whole world knows that it is a taboo for Muslim women in hijab to expose their hair or ears. The Muslim women who refused to remove their hijab or to expose their ears are being turned back without being registered. This is unacceptable. “It is cultural profiling. We are going to use every legitimate means to resist this aggression against Islam.

We smell a rat. Religious fanatics have infested INEC’s ad hoc staff and their mission is to frustrate prospective Muslim voters. They want to reduce Muslim voting power in the sub-region.” The INEC ad hoc staff who, according to him,` commit this atrocity claim that they are following instructions from their head office.

“This is an old trick and a common line of argument. It suggests conspiracy. It means anti-Muslim elements have taken over in INEC head offices in Lagos, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Oshogbo, Ondo and Akure (capitals of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states). This abuse is widespread particularly in Lagos State but INEC may want to focus its attention on its office at Arigbanla Road, Orile-Agege LCDA, Iyana ipaja, very close to NYSC camp,” he said. MURIC traced the history of the disenfranchisement of Muslims to 2003 elections.

“The disenfranchisement of Muslims in the South West has great antiquity because this same scenario played itself out in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 and we complained on each occasion. We are surprised that it is happening again. “We wrote INEC’s head office in Lagos in 2003 when Muslim males were being asked to remove their caps and turbans while the women were asked to remove their hijab before they could be registered for the national identity card scheme.

The head office did nothing until we were forced to march on the streets to their office. Is INEC also daring us? It had better not be because we can march again. “How can INEC allow Muslims to be treated like second hand citizens? We are disappointed. Is the system ready to integrate Muslims at all? Can the Nigerian nation enjoy peace where a large religious group is constantly marginalized and oppressed? Havent we had enough religious crisis? Should certain public officers take actions capable of precipitating religious violence?

“MURIC will not stand akimbo while Muslims are turned into mere laughing stock. We affirm our Allahgiven fundamental right to vote and be voted for. We demand equal opportunities in all aspects of the Nigerian life. In particular, we assert clearly, emphatically and unequivocally that obtaining voters’ cards is the right of every Nigerian citizen regardless of creed, ethnic background, profession or level of education.”

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