Friday, 8 January 2016

‎ Hijab ban: Soldiers publicly remove veil from Muslim Woman in Lagos ‎

Two unidentified soldiers on Friday forcefully removed the veil popularly referred to as Niqab of a Muslim woman at Meran Area of Lagos.

It was gathered the woman was going peacefully when two soldiers stopped and began to allegedly harass her.

According to an eyewitness, identified as Adetutu, it took the intervention of passers-by and sympathisers for the Muslim woman to get her veil back.

Apart from the removal veil on Friday, two images had earlier been sighted separately at Ibadan.

One of the images sited and allegedly signed by 'Federal Government' at University College Hospital, Ibadan read,"Wearing of long hijab is prohibited in government establishment for security reasons".

It will be recalled that this is happening few weeks to the comment that Federal Government may ban Hijab by President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Buhari while ‎commenting on the continued blasts in the North-East  during his maiden media chat last Wednesday said, “We will have to consider banning of the Hijab if this (the suicide attacks) continues.”

But on Friday (January 1), the President through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a press release denied insinuations that his administration had plans to ban Hijab.

While describing Hijab as the Muslim women's dressing symbol of modesty, Buhari's spokesperson added, "Everything will be done to balance national security requirements with the rights and obligations of citizens under their religions as protected by the constitution."

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