Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Muslim Rights Council Calls On Osun State Government To Approve Use Of Hijab


The Muslim Rights Council (MURIC) on Wednesday called on the Government of Osun State to officially approve the use of hijab by Muslim students it its public schools.
Photo: MURIC call on the Osun government to approve the use of hijab
In a press conference addressed in Lagos by Professor Professor Is-haq Akintola, the MURIC leader, the council pointed out that Muslim female students in Iwo town in the state have been using the head-covering in public schools as a result of the desire of their Muslim parents and that the government has never made a categorical statement banning or approving its use.
It asserted “categorically, emphatically and unequivocally” that Muslims in the state will use every legitimate means available to resist the banning of hijab in public schools.
“Instead of banning the use of hijab, we advise the state government to allow the law to take its due course,” Prof. Ishaq said, stressing that those who infringe upon the fundamental human rights of Muslims should be cautioned.
“To this end, we call the attention of the state government to the fact that any school which discriminates against female Muslim children on account of race, tribe or religion has run foul of the Nigerian Child Rights Act of 2003 and Article 11, 21 and 26 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child 1990 (OAU doc. CAB/LEG/24.9/49/1990) of which Nigeria is a signatory.”

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