A muslim lady, Mutiat Alao, has been threatened with a job loss by the Provost of Neuro-Psychiatric hospital, Aro in Abeokuta, Dr A. O Akinhanmi, for refusing the order to remove her Hijab (islamic head cover).

It was authoritatively gathered that Alao, who is a new staff of the hospital, was told that she was at the risk of losing her job for alleged disobedience to the order of the provost.

The iWitness NG learnt that the threat reached its peak last week when the provost refused to honour all peace moves.

It was learnt that despite being employed since July 25, 2016, “the affected woman who was one of the three female Muslims offered jobs out of the 29 nursing officers has been prevented from fully resuming her duty post because she refused to remove her hijab”.

It was also learnt that out of the two Muslim women were threatened, “one has removed her hijab after being compelled and threatened of job loss”.

But Alao insisted on using the Hijab, saying that the Nigerian Constitution and a circular by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for practising issued for practising nurses across the country permitted wearing the Hijab.

The circular, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent read in part, “Female nurses should wear either a Nurse cap or a shoulder-length hijab.”

The circular was dated 11th February, 2002 with reference number NSMCN/CMF/191/1/3 with the title,“NURSES UNIFORM”.

The circular was signed by the Secretary-general/Registrar, P.N Ndatsu, and addressed to the Chief Medical Directors of University Teaching Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres and Specialists Hospitals.

Attempt to reach the provost and the Public Relations Officer of the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital proved abortive.

Calls put across to them at about 08.30am on Monday were not going through.

However, sources close to the management claimed the implementation of any circular issued by the National Nurses and Midwifery Council of Nigeria was at the liberty of the Provost.

Also, efforts by Muslim organisations to ensure that Alao was allowed to use the Hijab proved abortive as the provost allegedly refused to yield to pleas.

On their parts, Muslim organisations in the Ogun State have condemned the act and asked the management not to deny the constitutional right of Alao.

Representatives of the legal aid and Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN) have also appealed to the provost to respect the rights of Muslim nurses at the hospital.

A source said, “When we called the provost’s attention to the legal implications and violation of extant rules, he asked Mutiat Alao to defy her resumption as a nurse in the hospital until the management so wish to implement the circular.

“When told the provost that we may go to court over his refusal to allow Miss Alao to use the hijab, the provost said the hospital will raise its own legal team to defend its position.”

The National president of the National Council of Muslim Youth (NACOMYO), Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde, who also paid a courtesy call on the provost expressed worry over the decision of the management of the hospital not to abide by the circular issued by the National Nurses and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

In a statement by the Ogun State coordinator of the Muslim Rights Concerns (MURIC), Mallam Luqman Soliu, the act was described as a violation of the fundamental human rights of Muslims in the facility.

Also, the Ogun State Chapter of Al-Muminat (The Believing woman) has condemned what it called injustice and extremism on the part of the provost and other principal officers of the hospital.

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