Oyo state, Ibadan- The controversy emanating from the removal of veil from a Muslim student of Nursing at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria, has been laid to rest.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the Dean of Faculty of Nursing of the institution, Professor Ajibade Lawal has apologized to both the student and the Muslim Ummah in general.
The Muslim Community of Oyo State set up a panel to investigate the matter and midwived the successful peace meeting of parties involved where the matter was resolved.
Guided by the verse of the Qur'an, "Those who spend (benevolently) in ease as well as in straitness, and those who restrain (their) anger and pardon men; and Allah loves the doers of good (to others)",
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The Panel's report
In a release signed by panel Chair, Alhajj Kunle Danni and Secretary, Alhaj Mursiku Siyanbade, the stakeholders in the matter comprising the husband of the harassed student, team of Surveyor Prince Badmus Yinusa, was invited to the meeting held on Monday, November 22, 2021.
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It was gathered that the Dean, Professor Ajibade Lawal could not control his emotions having being made to realise the gravity of what he did.
Professor Lawal's apology
"Professor Ajibade Bayo Lawal was reprimanded for disparaging Islam. He (Professor Ajibade Bayo Lawal), having realised his mistake, showed deep emotions, wept bitterly to show remorse and TENDERED PROFUSE APOLOGY to the sister and the entire Muslim Ummah;
The panel report also states that the Dean (Professor Bayo Lawal) also pleaded with Surveyor Badmus Yinusa, the husband of the sister, who had earlier promised to withdraw his wife from the Nursing programme, not to let his wife withdraw from the programme.
"The husband of the sister, Surveyor Prince Badmus Yinusa, spoke to accept the apology and appealed to the entire Muslim Ummah, to also accept the apology in the spirit of the earlier quoted exhortations from the Qur'an and Hadith. In fact, he could not help but allow his tears to flow, from his love for, and fear of Allah"
The husband also agreed to withdraw the petition earlier written by the lawyers of Sister Shukurat Ayanbisi Jamiu.
The Muslim Community's position
The Muslim Community, therefore, called on the Management of LAUTECH not to allow the sister in question and others like her be subjected to unfavourabble religious profiling now or in the future.
The Muslim Community also appealed to the Management of LAUTECH to give effect to the University manual, which allows students to wear hijab and niqab (face veil), without any further hindrance while warning against abuse and harassment of male students who have beards.
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The Community also states that:
"We hereby express appreciation to all Muslim groups, organisations and various interest groups who have shown concern in this matter and urge them all to please accept these resolutions we have reached, in the interest of peace and Muslim Brotherhood. May Allah (swt) reward our individual and collective efforts in the cause of Islam"
The Muslim Community also warns all establishments and institutions to put a permanent stop to all anti-Islam and anti-Muslim policies and actions, in the interest of peace in Oyo state.
Oyo Muslims ready for legal battle over Hijab controversy
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Muslim Community of Oyo state has threatened to take legal actions against schools that prevent willing Muslims from adorning hijab.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that while speaking for the Community in Ibadan at a Unity Summit, the chairman, Alhajj Kunle Sanni described it as unwarranted depriving Muslim schoolgirls of wearing hijab.
The Summit drew representatives from different parts of Oyo state who came to deliberate on the unity of the Ummah in the state.