A group, Al-Mu’minaat Organisation has demanded an end to the discrimination and physical attacks being suffered by women in Hijab.
National Amirah of Al-Mu’minaat Organisation, Hajjia Nimatullah Abdul-Quadri, who said this in Lagos during the group’s annual press briefing to commemorate the World Hijab Day (WHD) 2019, maintained that Muslim women who adorn Hijab have, in the past year, come under attack like never before.
“Taking stock of the past year, our Hijab has had its undue share of pains in Nigeria. We have come under attack like never before and this has increased in us the will and strength to fight on for our constitutional rights using all means devoid of violence.
“The Nigerian government through its Ministries, Departments and Agencies, (MDAs), companies schools; private and public, and bigoted individuals have demonstrated hatred for Islam and Muslims. Of particular attention today is the treatment meted out to Muslim girls and ladies wearing the hijab. Although we have a subsisting court judgement permitting the use of hijab in schools, some school heads in Lagos State have repeatedly flouted this and demonstrated contempt for this ruling. Almost on a daily basis, secondary school students call in to lay complaints of a staff member of their schools forcing them to pull off their hijab,” she said.
From Lagos state schools to the University of Ibadan international school, Ibadan to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Staff School, Oyo States to Schools of Nursing in the Southwest, the sad story, according to Abdul-Quadri, is the same.
“We have thus concluded that there is a grand plan playing out. A plan to either stop Muslim girls, the Muslim Girl-children from being educated or change their religion; a colonial missionary policy in post independent Nigeria! Meanwhile, we want the world to see us as a state working to increase enrolment, reduce out-of-school children, and increase access to education for the girl-child thus empowering the women. We want the world to believe that we are assiduously working to attain Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“We would not fold our hands and watch our children being denied of their rights to quality life that education could bring. We would not be returned to a position where we were denied our rights to practice our religion, forced to read songs of praise, have our names changed and practice religion other than Islam,” she said.
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