By Olalekan Murisiku

LAGOS State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Abdulhakeem Abdullateef, has urged Muslims to allow the court to decide the Lagos Hijab Saga.

He stated this during a Jumat sermon titled “Concept of Wrong Doing and Hypocrisy” at the Secretariat Central Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja.

Dr Abdullateef explained that the apex Court pronouncement on the use of Hijab in Lagos public schools would put an end to misconception about Hijab which he said was a fundamental right in Islam.

“The law is clear about freedom of religion and Hijab is part of Islam. Section 38 of the Constitution is clear on Matters concerning religion. But the case should be proved beyond any doubt, let’s be patient on the matter,” he said.

The Home Affairs Commissioner described Lagos Deputy Governor as a committed and conscious Muslim who is not unaware of the importance of Hijab in Islam.

He noted that Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule was not an enemy of Islam as being criticised in some quarters.

“Dr Idiat Adebule is the Lagos State Deputy Governor, she represents the Muslims, Christians and people of other faiths. She should not be condemned for expressing the position of the State on such matter at present. Any individual can make mistakes, perfection belongs to Allah,” he stressed.

Recall that the Deputy Governor had earlier spoken against the usage of hijab in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos at a programme on Television Continental (TVC).

Dr Abdullateef however maintained that the present administration under the leadership Governor Akinwunmi Ambode remain committed to providing enabling environment to people of different faiths to practice their religion without molestation or harassment to their fundamental human rights.

Dr. Abdullateef has described the arrest of Judges alleged to be corrupt as a right step to sanitizing the Judiciary.

He stated this during a Jumat sermon titled “Concept of Wrong Doing and Hypocrisy” at the Secretariat Central Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja on Friday.

Dr Abdullateef was surprised that a Professional body like the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA could cry out of injustice on such arrest which many have said it was long over due.

Describing such cry by NBA as hypocritical, the Commissioner maintained that the efforts of President Muhammad Buhari at eradicating corruption alone cannot change Nigeria for better except Nigerians complement the efforts.

He emphasized that justice cannot be found in a nation where unjust and corrupt judges preside over matters to decide the fate of innocent Nigerians.

“In many instances, justice had been murdered by corrupt judges. This is the time for justice on corrupt judges. Many innocent Nigerians have been victims of injustice. Other corrupt Nigerians should know that they are not above the law”

“Allah will not change Nigeria for good, until we put an end to man inhumanity among ourselves. Whoever is corrupt should be arrested irrespective of his or her religion, tribe or social affiliations” he said.

Adding his voice on the released of some of the Chibok girls, the Commissioner noted that the development was an indication that the change mantra was yielding positive results.

“Part of the ongoing change is the release of Twenty One Chibok girls. Today, developed nations of the World are praising Buhari. Who said change has not come? He queried.

Dr Abdullateef advised Nigerians to embrace the change begins with me initiative of the Buhari’s administration for a new dawn.

The Commissioner called on parents to pay adequate attention to the proper upbringing of their children.

“Corrupt judges, Lawyers, politicians and other criminal minded individuals are from one family or the other. So, set good examples for your children to emulate and avoid wrong doings”

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