Muslim women in Ogun State under the aegis of Al-Mu’minat (The Believing Women Organisation) have called on individuals, groups and governments to stop the discrimination against Muslims and Islam especially on the fundamental rights on freedom of religion.
The organisation who made this call at a programme to mark this year’s World Hijab Day in Abeokuta, said it is presently mobilising Muslim women in the State to vote against bigoted candidates seeking elective positions in the 2019 general elections.
In his welcome address at the occasion, the Amirah of Egba/Yewa zone of the organisation, Pharm. Mor’yam Sadiq, said Muslim women would not fold their hands and watch their children being denied right to quality of life through education.
She said: “Discrimination against Muslims in hijab must stop forthwith. Al-Mu’minaat and the Muslim community will not overlook it. Individuals and groups who engage in discrimination or profiling of Muslims in Hijab will be duly taken up through non-violence means.
“While calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with us to put a stop to this unconstitutional discrimination against Islam and Muslims…We also call on the government at all levels to act fast and direct all its agencies, departments to stop unwarranted discrimination against Muslim girls in hijab.”
Earlier in her lecture title: “My Hijab, My Rights, My Votes”, a national officer of Al-Mu’minaat, Alhaja Rofiat Olaleye, said Muslim women have taken a decision and determined to vote out all candidates who are keen on subverting justice for hijab and sabotaging the struggle for Islamic modest dressing.
She said, “We, Muslim women, will only vote for anyone, whether Muslims or Christians, who will stand by what we believe in because they are supposed to be our head and we are supposed to be their follower, but we only follow those that feel concerns for us and get out of government, through our votes, those with prejudice and religious bigotry.
“We are telling all of them that Muslim women in Ogun State will only vote for the person who will stand by, support and let us have our rights.
“Day-in day-out, in the schools, agencies and ministries , Muslim dailies were being denied putting on hijab, they were being discriminated against…If Christian Catholic sisters are not denied putting on their veils in schools and various places of work, why would the Muslims be denied?”
While delivering her lecture on “My Hijab, My Constitutional Rights”, a legal practitioner, Hajia Khadijat Opeewe, described hijab as religious duty and fundamental human rights sanctioned by Allah and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Opeewe explained that the Appeal court in the country had rule in favour of the use of hijab in public places including schools and work place, adding that any individual, groups and institutions that denied the usage is acting illegally.
“The freedom to practice any religion in Nigeria is guaranteed and circumscribed in Section 38 (1) of the constitution as amended.”