​‎Outrage as LTV stops Muslim staff from casting news for wearing hijab

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There have been continuous protests by Muslims and fans of Mrs. Tinuke Oloruntoyin-Folami over her removal from casting news on the Lagos State Television (LTV).

Mrs. Oloruntoyin-Folami

iWitness NG authoritatively gathered that Mrs. Oloruntoyin-Folami was withdrawn from casting news by the management of the Lagos State Government-owned television station allegedly because she uses a headscarf (hijab).

Investigation conducted by the iWitness NG revealed that suspects behind the removal of Mrs. Oloruntoyin-Folami are LTV’s General Manager, Deji Balogun and Director of News and Current Affairs, Siju Alabi.

It was learnt that things were a bit smooth for Oloruntoyin-Folami until Siju Alabi resumed duty with the LTV.

According to sources, Alabi is a former staff of Channels Television, a station which many Muslims have constantly alleged of being against their religion.

Reliable sources within the LTV also confirmed that the management of the LTV had earlier threatened the broadcaster to choose between her hijab and news casting.

One of them said, “The new development here is strange. It all started from retrenchment and later redeployment.  Most of the news casters have been returned on air, but Alhaja was not. I don’t know so much about Alhaja. I just know that she is my favourite among those casting news in our station.”

“The issue with Alhaja is somehow. She had earlier been told to stop using hijab if she wants to cast but I learnt she said her religion is against that, you know you Muslims thing na! I suspect that she is not allowed to cast news again because of her hijab. If it is about performance, she is doing very well,” a Christian staff of the station said.

Reacting to the development, Muslims on social media wondered why Oloruntoyin-Folami’s religion would constitute a reason for depriving her casting of news.

While faulting the management of the LTV, they complained that such was least expected in a government-owned station.

In a graphic design to expose the station, they tagged LTV as ‘Hijabophobia’ and demanded that Mrs. Oloruntoyin-Folami be allowed to cast news with her hijab.

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Calls put across to the General Manager and Director of News and Current Affairs of the station were unsuccessful.

Neither the calls put across to them nor the text messages were responded to.

Another top official of the station said, “We are trying to be more professional and we don’t want to appear to be religious bias. How many people do you see casting news with hijab in top ranking stations?”

Also, attempt to reach Oloruntoyin-Folami proved abortive. A close source to her said, “She will not talk. Remember she is a civil servant.”
When contacted on the telephone, the chairperson of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs. Sekinah Lawal, described the alleged action of the LTV management as condemnable.

Mrs. Oloruntoyin-Folami

She clarified that there is nothing wrong with a journalist using hijab as a news caster.
She said, “We have a lot of muslim colleagues in the profession that use hijab. Some are working with broadcast media like NTA and other radio stations. It is not against the ethics of the profession. It is uncalled for and should be condemned totally. We sincerely do not expect such from a station of the calibre of LTV. I hope the management will rectify the error and apologise to all concerned.”

16 Comments

  • Ayinde Jamiu Reply

    January 18, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Let Hijab be.

  • linkhadj Reply

    January 18, 2017 at 11:27 am

    All these are speculations. Even the so-called source was merely expressing suspicion and not certainty. Why not get your facts clear first before you start this religious war.

  • Ashant Reply

    January 18, 2017 at 11:38 am

    This country and Muslims shaa. There’s God ooo and we’ll return to him one day.

  • Ashant Reply

    January 18, 2017 at 11:42 am

    This country and Muslims shaa. There’s is God oo. And we’ll all go back to him one day. Other countries not as religious as Nigeria sef do not give Muslims problems. Why don’t we accept one another and live in peace. Abi,how does d hijab affect communication if not for selfish interest. They want to see the beauty under her hijab.Muslim ladies are not for public consumption

  • Remi Reply

    January 18, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    #Let Hijab Be #Bring Her Back

  • Idris Reply

    January 18, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Pls confirm first before posting bcz to my own understanding Lagos state is not religion bais.

    • Deen Reply

      January 20, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Lagos is the most religious bias state in southwest. What about the bias against students wearing hijab to school?
      This war against Muslim should stop henceforth.

  • MODIU SIKIRU ODUNTAN Reply

    January 18, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Let Hijab be, all precious things are covered e.g gold, diamond, crude oil e.t.c.

  • OLANREWAJU Reply

    January 19, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Hijab is the pride of every practising muslin woman. If it’s not against the ethics of her job, let her be!

  • Mankind Reply

    January 19, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Bring her back is all that we need.

  • Mankind Reply

    January 19, 2017 at 6:06 am

    We need her back

  • Akinade kazim Reply

    January 19, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Only ALLAH knows best.

  • Akinade kazim Reply

    January 19, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    They can only kill Muslim not Islam

  • Yakub Reply

    January 19, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    This is how they always look for trouble, allow Peace to be in Lagos you enemy of peace let Hijab Be let Muslim be, bring her back immediately, stop fighting the Muslim.

  • Ibrahim Reply

    January 20, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Where was it writin in mass com theories?

  • Muibat lawal Reply

    January 21, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Let’s the peace Raine Christian people

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