- Hijab-wearing Muslim women and girls have spoken out against the discrimination against them because of their religious head covers
- A group of Islamic organisations staged a peaceful protest in Lagos to bring public awareness to the trampling of the rights of hijab-wearing women
- MURIC Director, Professor Akintola, encouraged the women to remain steadfast in their religious observances because they are the pride and dignity of the society
Public officials and teachers have been warned against trampling on the rights of Muslim women and girls by telling them to remove their hijabs.
The warning was issued by Coalition of Muslim Groups, which frowned at overzealous public officials who demand that people wearing hijabs should take them for different reasons.
Doing this is against the rights guaranteed hijab-wearing women and girls in the 1999 Nigerian constitution.
The groups made the call on Saturday, February 1 at the Abiola Gardens in Ojota, Lagos to observe the World Hijab Day.
The Executive Director, Hijab Right Advocacy Initiative, Mutiat Balogun, said, unknown to many people, women in hijab are often discriminated against in institutions, schools and workplaces.
“Even though it is our basic right getting a drivers license and international passport and identity card, some might tell you, you have to remove your hijab, you have to bring out your ears.
"Whereas the constitution protects this right for us to wear hijab under the freedom of thought and religion,” She said.
The coalition said covering of heads with veils has nothing to do with terrorism, insecurity and other criminal acts.
The Director of Muslims Right Concern (MURIC), Professor Lakin Aintola, urged hijab-wearing women not to be discouraged. He noted that they represented the pride of the womanhood and the dignity of the society.
Legit.ng notes that the awareness for the recognition of hijab-wearing women is on the rise.
About a year ago, the Lagos state government gave a go-ahead to Muslim female pupils to use hijab in public schools after a series of protests and several legal battles between the government and numerous Muslim groups.
The development was announced in a circular by the state’s area unit of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN).
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