The umbrella body for northern Muslims, Ja’amatu Nasril Islam (JNI) on Wednesday, vowed to oppose any move to ban the use of hijab by Muslim women in Nigeria.
The Secretary-General of JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, made this position known at the official commissioning of the Secretariat of Kaduna State Chapter of Council for Imams and Ulamas in Kaduna.
The JNI secretary-general noted the fact that some women using hijab have been connected to suicide bombings does not mean that everybody with hijab is a potential bomber.
He added that it is the duty of security agencies to find out if those female bombers are actually Muslims.
“We as Muslims are concerned with the security challenges in the country. Our brothers and sisters are being massacred on daily basis in the North-East and some other parts of the country. Today, Gwoza and Damboa are no more in existence as it has been overrun by insurgents who are still advancing to take other towns. This is what should be government’s priority and they should not think of banning hijab”.
The Chairman Council of Imams and Ulama, Kaduna State, Sheikh Abubakar Usman Baban-Tune, called on the Federal Government to rise to its responsibility of providing adequate security to lives and property of Nigerians.
According to him, “No reasonable government will in any way accept the level of killings and anarchy among its citizens”.