Blow is the Press Release akan Mummunar Manufa ta Director General Na NYSC akan hana mata sanya Hijabi. (Sheikh Isa Ali Pantami)

Sheikh Isa Ali
Below is a Press
Release akan
Mummunar Manufa ta
Director General Na
NYSC akan hana mata
sanya Hijabi.
Allah ya kare Musulmai
da Musulunci daga
Enjoy Reading pls,…
The Director General of
the National Youth
Service Corp (NYSC),
Brigadier General
Johnson Olawumi
yesterday in Abuja
made a categorical
statement banning the
use of hijab by youth
The Muslim Rights
Concern (MURIC) rejects
the purported ban. It is
reckless, baseless and
preposterous. No public
officer of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria
should speak in such
manner. The
pronouncement smacks
of power drunkenness.
It is a hate statement.
The Director General
needs to purge himself
of Islamophobia.
On what ground is he
banning the use of
hijab? Security reason is
not enough because we
have examples of
armed robbers using
police uniforms to rob.
Has anyone thought of
banning police uniform?
About forty armed
robbers dressed in army
uniform attacked six
banks in Agbara, Ogun
State last week. They
killed a policeman and a
pregnant woman.
Should we ban army
uniform because of
Brigadier General
Johnson and his ilk are
hiding under the
security challenge facing
Nigeria to implement a
hidden agenda, namely,
to stigmatise Muslims
and to embarrass our
daughters and wives
who wear hijab.
Is General Johnson
aware that female
Muslims in the British
police use hijab on top
of their uniform? Can he
tell us how the hijab
disturbs a corper’s
uniform? Does the DG
know that hijab is an
integral, nay, the most
vital part of a female
Muslim’s dress? Does
he know that female
Muslim corpers feel as if
they are naked when
disallowed from using
the hijab? Is he aware
of the psychological
trauma such female
Muslim corpers go
How can we spend a
lifetime training our
daughters to dress
decently and you
dehumanize them in
your camp within 24
hours? How dare you?
We affirm that we will
use every constitutional
means to stop this
religious apartheid
against Muslims in the
name of discipline and
regimentation. Why
must Muslims face
persecution everywhere
in Nigeria? Why cant the
Nigerian system
accommodate and
integrate the Islamic
culture? Why cant
Nigerian officials allow
Islamic landmarks to
stand pari passu with
British colonial and
Christian culture? Is
Nigeria truly
independent or is it a
banana republic created
to serve only the
interest of the British
imperial master? Must
Muslims be forced to
accept British Christian
mode of dressing?
We must ask who
designed Nigeria’s
school uniform? Who
designed the army and
police uniforms? Was it
not the British? What is
the religion of the
British? Is every
Nigerian in the same
faith? So why cant we
allow the Muslims to
retain their identity?
Why cant the Muslims
enjoy religious freedom
in this country?
Why must Muslims be
forced to dress like
Christians? Why must
Muslims be denied the
dividends of
democracy? Any policy
that fails to carry us
along is exclusive.
Nigeria is for all of us.
We reject an NYSC that
promulgates anti-
Muslim decrees.
We remind the DG that
he cannot turn Muslims
in NYSC camps into
slaves. This is not
military rule. NYSC
officials, including the
DG will be acting ultra
vires if they take
actions which violate
the laws of the land.
Section 38 (i) & (ii) of
the 1999 Constitution
of the Federal Republic
of Nigeria guarantees
religious freedom. We
seek the enforcement
of this right.
Yet the hypocrisy of the
system has been
exposed. Can the NYSC
Director General explain
why the NYSC allows
female Muslim corpers
in places like Kano and
Sokoto to use the hijab
while their counterparts
in the South are
harassed and
Why this double
standard? Is the ban
only meant for the
South? Or is it further
proof of the
mythological ‘Northern-
Muslim and Southern-
Christian dichotomy’? It
had better not be.
We hope it will not get
to a point when Nigerian
Muslims will decide to
opt out of the NYSC
service year. Yes, we
may have no other
option than to ask our
daughters to ignore an
institution which
targets them for
ridicule, torment and
MURIC charges the NYSC
to revisit its rules. Any
aspect of those rules
which fails to respect
the faith of Christians,
Muslims or
traditionalists should be
expunged. Such rules
are draconian and
They only serve the
interest of neo-
We appeal to the
National Assembly to
save Nigerian Muslims
from annual
embarrassment in NYSC
camps. Our daughters
are being derobed in
public courtesy of a
system that is blind to
sociological realities, a
system that has
allowed itself to be
enslaved by the culture
of the colonial master.
We call on the Director
General of the NYSC to
desist from
precipitating a religious
crisis of monumental
proportion over the
hijab saga. Nigeria has
enough on its hands
already. The DG should
stop stirring the
hornet’s nest. We insist
that Nigerian Muslims
cannot be intimidated.
Nobody should test our
Nigerian Muslims have
the capacity to mobilize
for peaceful protests in
all NYSC camps across
the country if the
molestation of our
daughters continue.
Enough is enough. We
did not bargain for an
NYSC that has been
hijacked by religious
bigots and Muslim-
MURIC has a duty in loco
parentis to cry out
against the persecution
of female Muslim
corpers. They are our
daughters and also our
members. We charge all
Islamic organizations in
the country to rise to
the occasion.
We cry out to our
Mothers-in-Islam in the
Federation of Muslim
Women Associations of
Nigeria (FOMWAN), the
Criterion and all other
female Muslim
organizations. It is
taboo for a woman to
ignore her child’s cry!
Muslim women arise,
the slave masters are
dragging our daughters
in the mud.
We advise female
Muslim corpers to
continue to use their
hijab. It is their Allah-
given fundamental
human right. We are
keeping a tab on those
unscrupulous elements
who will snatch the
hijab from the heads of
our daughters or those
power drunk officials
who will expel them
from NYSC camps.
Perhaps the time has
come to revisit the
whole gamut of this
NYSC affair.
Yaa Allah ka karemu
daga Sharrin


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