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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Security: NYSC Bans Hijab In Orientation Camps

A group of Muslim youths under the aegis of Muslim Youths in Da’wah, expressed their grievances against the  ban on the use of Hijab by female Muslim corps members in NYSC orientation camp.

The Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier-General, Johnson Olawumi, gave reasons why hijab is banned, he said it was, “for security reasons.” noting that there will be no reversal on the case.
He emphasised,  “There have been cases where young girls put on hijab and eventually turn to suicide bombers. Boko Haram members know how to get at whoever they want as target. That is why we frown at the wearing of long hijab. Please call on all your Muslim youths to be patient and adhere to it, just for a short period during the camp. We frown at long hijab because of the security implication.”
Olawunmi said, “I’m a Muslim and in our camps, I know that we have treated everybody equally. You mentioned the fact that you would have proceeded to protest. Very minor issues could trigger off mass protest. We will see the way forward to this complaint. I can assure you that the issue will not be swept under the carpet. The NYSC is very sensitive to the issue of religion and immediately we heard of it, we swung into action and we are on it because issues of religion are very sensitive.”
But the ban had been seriously contested by the leader of the Muslim group, LMYiD, Luqman Hassan and the Deputy Coordinator, Kamarudeen Adefila,who claimed the ban was against their rights as Nigerians.  Hassan told the DG, “We are here to discuss with you about the incident that happened recently in various camps across the country. We have a guiding principle which is based on the Holy Q’uran. We are all Nigerians and the principle which guides us is the constitution and the African Charter on Human rights.
“Members of the NYSC are Nigerians who have contributed to the development of this country; female corps members deserve protection by the NYSC. We don’t believe that a female corps member putting on hijab has done any wrong against the Act establishing the NYSC. So they deserve the respect of the NYSC. We have travelled far and wide and visited different camps. Why are the rights of female corps members being infringed upon. We are here to register our displeasure,” Adefila butressed.
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