Group calls on education minister to end hijab-related harassment in schools


TEHRAN (IQNA) – Nigerian Muslim group called on country’s Education Minister Adamu Adamu to respond to alleged harassment of Muslim female students in schools for wearing hijab and niqob

Ta’awunu Human Rights Initiative alleged that Muslim female students in some public, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in southern Nigeria were harassed for wearing the hijab and niqob and warned that this development is an invitation to lawlessness.

The group in its petition signed by the general manager of the organization, Barr. Sulaymon A. Tadese, the group called on the minister to fix the problem before it leads to the collapse of law and order.

According to the petition, “It is relevant to inform you that Muslim students in government-owned primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in southern Nigeria were frequently harassed, embarrassed and restricted for the sole reason of wearing the hijab.”

“The Hijab is a decree from the Koran which is the holy scripture of Muslims contained in chapter 33 verse 59 of the Glorious Koran which provided that” O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the wives of believers to pull their coats off. close around them “which is coherent and summarized in the flavor of the provision of article 38 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended in 2011 on freedom of religion, thought and expression and a promotion of Islamic personal law expressly authorized in Nigeria.

“It is important to point out to you that the Hijab, whether below the navel or above, is compulsory for all Muslim women wherever they are found as a decree of Allah Almighty quoted in the verse. above. It is no exaggeration to say that removing the hijab from a Muslim woman’s head amounts to undressing her, it is considered nudity.

“It is, however, established that, despite the express provision of Article 38 of the Constitution on freedom of religion, some government-owned and Christian-owned primary and secondary schools have banned the wearing of the hijab, harassing students and stealing their inalienable rights.

The group said that between November and December, 6 different cases of harassment of Muslim women in Hijab and Niqob were reported in Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Lagos and Akwa Ibom states.

The group said they mentioned the Federal Agricultural University of Abeokuta as one of the institutions that banned the hijab and Niqob.

He also frowned that a lecturer at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Ogbomoso Oyo state, who is also the dean of the College of Nursing, threatened with rusticity a Muslim student who was using the niqab.

“As a human rights group in Nigeria, we viewed the lack of respect for the country’s current law on religious freedom as a flashpoint that could further cripple life security and the well-being of all Nigerians, which is the main function of government which the federal government has tirelessly maintained in the country as we appeal to stop this illegality before it escalates beyond all expectations,

“We look forward to a swift response to our inquiries,” the group said.

Source: The eagle online


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