MURIC Warns Buhari: Why you cannot ban Hijabs

In a statement signed by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has rejected suggestions by President Muhammadu Buhari that the hijab, a veil used by Muslim women, may be banned in future if bombings continue.
In a response shortly after the #PresidentialMediaChat where Buhari hinted at the possibility, MURIC stated that the suggestion is “escapist… scapegoatism… It will open the I floodgates of anarchy. Instead of solving Nigeria’s security problems, it is most likely to compound it.”
The group argued that the Army and Police use uniforms which are sometimes used by bandits, and yet those have not been banned. “Security agents know how they often fish out hoodlums who use police and soldiers’ uniforms to commit atrocities. The same method should be used to prevent the use of hijab for bombing,” said the statement
They described any such ban as a “derobing” of Nigerian Muslim women, wondering what the women have done to be made to feel naked.
The group asked if the ban would be limited to the “three troubled states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe? Will it extend to the whole North East or will the ban cover the whole of Nigeria?” Also, the group asked Pres. Buhari, “if you ban hijab, what is the time frame? When will you deban it? Are we not likely to experience more religious upheavals after the ban as some religious zealots will want to capitalize on the ban by maltreating Muslim women? Will these religious fanatics who use the period of the ban to oppress Muslim women stop their repression even after hijab has been de-proscribed?”
MURIC warned that even though Boko Haram must be defeated, “Nigerian Muslims will not succumb to a policy that dehumanizes their mothers, wives, daughters and sisters. Banning hijab tantamounts to institutionalizing the stereotyping of Muslim women. This is unacceptable.”
The statement warned Buhari to “tread softly” as banning hijab will be a shot at Islam. Also, the group posited that hijab represents chastity and innocence.


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