Groups bemoan stigmatisation of women in Hijab

The Coalition of Muslim Groups has called on the society to stop stigmatization of women in Hijab, saying covering of heads with veils has nothing to do with terrorism, insecurity and other criminal acts. This was even as the Director of Muslim Right Concern, MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola tasked the world to embrace hijab to fight the scourge of HIV/AIDs, saying that it was ironical that the world promotes nudity  and other causes of abuse against women instead of supporting decent dressing which hijab symbolises. The groups  which also decried…

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Hijab: School, Muslim parents agree to out-of-court settlement

The lawyers to University of Ibadan International School Ibadan (ISI) and Muslim Parents’ group have agreed on possible out of court settlement as admonished by judge in the legal tussle over the use of Hijab by willing female Muslim pupils in the school. A bridged report of Court proceeding on Wednesday showed that the case was adjourned till March 20 for presentation of report on outcome of settlement meetings. Some Muslim Parents and pupils of International School, Ibadan, (ISI) have earlier dragged the management of the ISI and the University…

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Group demands end to discrimination, attacks on women in Hijab

  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…

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Hijab crisis: UI International School reopens today

Management of the University of Ibadan (UI) has advised the Board of Governors to reopen the International School, Ibadan (ISI) for academic activities today. The directive was given during a meeting of the expanded management of the university, presided over by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, which was convened primarily to discuss the hijab crisis rocking the school. Some Muslim parents had two weeks ago said that their female children should be allowed to wear hijab to school, and subsequently distributed hijab to Muslim female students, a development which was…

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Hijab: UI International School board insists on age-long dress code

…as Lagos summons ministry officials   Against the position of some Muslim parents of students of the International School, University of Ibadan (ISI) that their children be allowed to wear hijab in school, the Board of Governors of the 55-year old school yesterday held a meeting in which it was resolved that the agelong dress code of the school be maintained. The parents led by Abdulrahman Balogun had moved that their wards should wear hijab in the school, stressing that it was their right. But the strange action led to…

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Why Lagos lifted ban on use of Hijab in public schools

LASG allows ‘short, smart, neat Hijab in same colour of the uniform (skirt)’   The Lagos State Government has declared that it lifted ban on the use of the hijab by willing Muslim pupils on uniforms in public schools to avoid contempt of the court. The government, which said this in a circular also declared that its latest decision on Hijab was to obey the judgment of the Court of Appeal pending the outcome of the case pending at the Supreme Court. The Hijab female Muslim pupils are allowed to…

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Hijab crisis hits UI International School

Following melee which trailed agitation by some parents that their female children be allowed to wear hijab dress, academic activities were yesterday paralyzed at the International School of the University of Ibadan. The school’s management, however, put the classrooms under lock and key. Against the age-long dress code of the school, some students got themselves adorned in Hijab in adherence to the letter earlier written by some parents under the aegis of International School Muslim Parents’ Forum dated 9th November, 2018 signed by one Abdurrhaman Balogun (Chairman) and Bilikis Badiru…

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Suspension of five Isolo schoolgirls in Hijab saddening –MURIC

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has kicked against the action of principal of Isolo Senior Secondary School, Mrs. J.O. Sadare, who allegedly suspended five female Muslim students on Friday 13th September, 2018 for wearing hijab, describing the action as saddening. MURIC also described the principal’s action as overzealous, infantile and condescending, warning that such could lead to crisis. MURIC’s reaction is contained in a press statement signed by its director and founder, Professor Ishaq Akintola. According to the human rights organization, Mrs. Shadare’s action is a manifestation of acrobatic religiousity.…

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Hijab controversy: Reps write CJN over court injunction

Barely a week after the Senate petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, the House of Representatives has written to the apex judicial officer protesting against an injunction issued by a Federal High Court judge, Justice A. I. Chikere, barring the lower chamber from its planned investigation into the hijab controversy involving a law school graduate. This was even as Speaker Yakubu Dogara yesterday alleged that there were some unseen forces trying to intimidate the judiciary in order to gag the legislature. The decision to petition the…

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Hijab controversy: Again, Reps suspend investigations

For the umpteenth time, the House of Representatives yesterday suspended its public hearing on the controversy generated by the refusal of the Nigerian Law School to call one of its graduating students, Miss Amasa Firdausi, to Bar for wearing hijab (an Islamic veil for women). Chairman of the ad-hoc committee saddled with the responsibility of investigating the row between the management of the Law School and the student, Hon. Razak Atunwa, who announced the suspension yesterday, said the decision was based on an order of Federal High Court, Abuja, asking…

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