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Muslim women decry anti-hijab policy in schools

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AL-mu’minaat Organisation (The Believing Women) has called on government at all levels to direct all its agencies and departments to stop unwarranted discrimination against Muslim girls in hijab.

Ahead of the World Hijab Day in Lagos, the national president, Hajia Nimatullah Abdul-Quadri, said: “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 for our constitutional rights using all means devoid of violence.”

She bemoaned a situation whereby government establishments, corporate organisations, schools and individuals demonstrate 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 staff member of their schools forcing them to pull off their hijab.

“From Lagos State schools to the University of Ibadan International School, Ibadan, to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Staff School, Oyo State, to Schools of Nursing in the Southwest, the sad story is the same.”

We have thus concluded that there is a grand plan playing out; a plan to either stop Muslim girls from being educated or change their religion, a colonial missionary policy in post-Independent Nigeria,” she stated.


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