The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria in Lagos State has warned President Muhammad Buhari not to ban Hijab wearing. This warning was given by Amir of MSSN LSAU, Mallam Saheed Ashafa at the December Islamic Vacation Course holding at Epe, Lagos on Wednesday.
Mallam Saheed Ashafa said that such a consideration would ridicule the war against Boko Haram, adding it was unnecessary. He further added that a ban on Hijab means that Boko Haram has succeeded in their deceptive ideology and may strengthen their unjustifiable zeal to kill innocent souls.
President Buhari during a presidential media chat on Wednesday said the FG may consider ban on Hijab if terrorists continue to use it to perpetuate evil.
Mallam Saheed Ashafa condemned the statement of the President saying that such showed that the FG was still considered unrealistic approach in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.
“The statement by President Buhari is disappointing. It is an indication that the present administration is trying to apply the faulty approach of the last administration that took us nowhere. Ban on Hijab is wrong, biased and the greatest approach that can drown the support and popularity of the Buhari-government”.
“The decision to ban Hijab may mean that Boko Haram has succeeded in their mission. Rather than ban Hijab, the government can acquire bomb detective gadgets which can detect bombs from afar. Instead of considering how to stop the wearing of Hijab, the FG should be thinking of how to stop Boko Haram”.
“If Hijab ban must be considered, then the government has to also ban use of vehicles, hand bags, cell phones, motocycle and suits because more evils have been perpetuated through them. It’s totally illogical to attach Boko Haram attacks to a dress code or pattern. Our Hijab is a garment of honour; it is an apparel of modesty and an outfit commanded to be worn by Allah.”
Mallam Saheed Ashafa stated that it was wrong for the President to play on the intelligence of Muslims, saying, “It is known to everyone that Hijab is worn by Muslims and a ban on the religious garment is an attack on Islam”.
“Just as it would be wrong for anyone to say that suits or vehicles should be banned because they are used to rob or assassinate and terrorize; it would also be unfair for anybody to consider Hijab ban because of its wrong usage.”
The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) was cofounded in 1954 by Abdurrahaman Sahid, Babs Fafunwa, Tajudeen Aromashodun, Lateef Adegbite at King’s College, Lagos in the 1950s.
Adegbite, its first national president, became known for his defense of Sharia law.
Following the Chibok schoolgirl kidnapping, the President of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Malam Abdulazeez Folayemi, called on Muslims to fast and pray “in order to seek Allah’s intervention in this precarious time.
Omolara Adegoke- Abuja
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