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Abuja (NAN) ― The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) on Monday advised the Federal Government against banning Hijab (Muslim female headscarves), saying such proposal would be unconstitutional.

Augusustine Alegeh, President of the association, rather urged the government to find a lasting and peaceful solution to the security challenges threatening the country.

Alegeh told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that placing a ban on wearing Hijab due to the recent spate of attacks by female suicide bombers was not a positive and lasting strategy to curbing insecurity.

The association’s president was reacting to recent calls by some members of the public that the government should ban wearing Hijab to checkmate female suicide bombers.

He said that it was the right of every individual to dress according to the requirement of his or her religion, adding that it was not an option to ask female Muslim faithful to stop wearing the Hijab.

“Wearing of Hijab by the female Muslim faithful has religious as well as cultural meaning, and nobody can take away that right from them.

“The security agencies should find lasting solutions to the country’s security challenges rather than place a ban on wearing of Hijab as that is an easy way out,” he said.

Emmanuel Akubor, Lecturer, Department of History, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, however, supported a temporary ban on the use of Hijab, describing it as a security measure to curb the trend.

“For security reasons, the best thing for now is to place a temporary ban on the Hijab not for religious but security reasons.

“People should not see a ban on the Hijab as showing hatred for the religion, but because some persons have resolved to use the clothing to harm and terrorise others,” he said.

Akubor said due to these new method devised by terrorists to harm citizens, other female Muslim faithful who wore the Hijab would suffer discrimination as people may not want to associate with them due to fear.

He said that the temporary ban would prevent further use of the veil as an instrument to perpetrate any form of crime in the society as terrorists would not be able to disguise themselves.

Akubor said although the temporary ban would ignite protest among the Muslim community, religious leaders should educate and sensitise their followers to regard the ban as a means to achieving peace for the country.

He suggested that in place of the full length Hijab or Niqap, the neck or shoulder length Hijab should be allowed as it could still enable the female cover herself.

Halima Hamidu, a banker, said the trend of wearing the full Hijab or Niqap by female Muslim faithful had dwindled in recent time due to discrimination encountered by those who wore it.

Hamidu said that some educational institutions did not allow wearing of Hijab as it was not a formal attire, adding that some female Muslims now wore a shoulder length veil or Hijab.

On his part, Yusuf Kazaure, Executive Director, Corporate Services, Galaxy Backbone Ltd, said he was not in support of placing a ban on the Hijab, adding that it would not solve the security problem in the country.

“Even if a ban is placed on the Hijab, it will not solve the problem.

“Persons who commit acts of terrorism will find another means to perpetrate their crime and when that happens how will the situation be handled then?,’’ he asked.

He faulted the method used by security agencies to resolve security threats, saying that suspects were often eliminated or released without getting concrete information from them.

Kazaure said that this method did not allow security agencies get useful information needed to make arrests and solve security issues, thus making the problem linger.

NAN recalls that on June 8, a female suicide bomber killed herself and a soldier close to the Quarter-guard of the 301 Battalion of Nigerian Army in Gombe state.

The female bomber was riding on a motorcycle and on approaching the gate of the military facility, hugged a soldier which led to a bomb concealed in her Hijab to explode, killing both of them.

In recent months, there has been an increase in female suicide attacks in parts of the country, which has led some persons to believe that the female suicide bombers may be the captured Chibok girls.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

34 Comments

  1. @edDREAMZ

    August 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    The first speaker is really insane and i support the temporal ban of the hijab abeg…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

    • Zaynab

      August 5, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Hey you… U re d one Really insane, u brought ur criticism frm Lib come here… why won’t you support? Fool

    • Just an opinion

      August 5, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      First of all the word is temporary not temporal. Secondly how does the hijab affect anyone’s peace ? What we need are responsible and productive law abiding individuals. The society is a diverse place, if people can wear mini skirts why can’t they wear hijab?. You show so much ignorance. We should learn to live and let live I beg.

    • ATL's Finest

      October 13, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Lmao! Temporal is part of your head ( the side ).. Temporal lobe 🙂

    • ATL's Finest

      October 13, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Or brain.. Which ever one

  2. Mz Socially Awkward...

    August 5, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Hang on, Okey Wali is now NBA president? You don’t say…

    • Osogagba

      August 6, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Well said. Bellanaija should not be seen misinforming people even though they called the original news from NAN.

    • Moremi Elekwachi

      Moremi Amuta

      August 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Hello, thanks for pointing out the error. The post has now been updated.

  3. Tunmi

    August 5, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Nigeria has the ability to put me at a loss for words. We have female suicide bombers so the solution is to ban hijabs?? I’m with Yusuf Kazaure, Executive Director, Corporate Services, Galaxy Backbone Ltd, on this one.

    “Even if a ban is placed on the Hijab, it will not solve the problem. Persons who commit acts of terrorism will find another means to perpetrate their crime and when that happens how will the situation be handled then?,’’ he asked.

    He faulted the method used by security agencies to resolve security threats, saying that suspects were often eliminated or released without getting concrete information from them.

    • Livy

      August 6, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Banning Hijab is one solution not all of it, France among other countries in Europe banned it. Maybe they are stupid too. #thewordiscaution

  4. Sal

    August 5, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Nigeria has a problem and the problem is fighting the lesser evil.
    Temporarily banning hijab will solve 0- 1% of the problem. .. find Boko Haram, rescue the Chibok girls

    My hijab is my identity, if they choose to arrest me fine, i would not remove it because of Boko Haram

    • Livy

      August 6, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Please adorn yourself with hijab when you get down at Charles de Gaulle Airport and see if the security officers will sing u a good welcome song

    • Adebola

      August 6, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Oponu mani Livy yi ah!!!

    • Fashionista

      August 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Hehe, you meanie!

    • sisi jules

      August 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      loool….

    • Osogagba

      August 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

      No one is asking you to remove your hijab. But try wearing it to Army or SSS HQtrs and see.

  5. NaijaPikin

    August 5, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I just don’t understand these our so called leaders with fish brains……if they ban hijab, can’t they put bombs in their underwear, underneath their clothes, etc?

  6. RITA LOLLY

    August 5, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    There is God oh…..

  7. ade

    August 5, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I support banning the hijab for now, they should just cover their hair, not the whole body

  8. Dizzy

    August 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Please! We are tired of being tolerant with this intolerant religion!

    No head scarves!
    Let us see if they will combust!

  9. Nwa

    August 5, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Some people but they don’t understand. They said temporary ban. @Naijapikin how can they put bombs in their underwear, na TomTom sweet? Fish brain dey call person fish brain. The bombs they use is not as small as babadudu

    • sisi jules

      August 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      you wont blame her nau, she is suffering frm ignorance.

    • NaijaPikin

      August 6, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      And where did mutallab put his bomb? Why is he named the “underwear bomber”

      It’s always best to be quiet if you don’t know.

  10. nnennia

    August 6, 2014 at 12:02 am

    @mz,ALEGEH SAN is the new NBA President.he won after the just conculded [email protected]

  11. chi-e-z

    August 6, 2014 at 12:20 am

    That’s a 100M dollar tour right thr better fake them “pseudo-affectionate” moments 😀 shoot I sure will. Every relationship takes that crazy turn at the 23yr mark and they’ve reached that mark considering in American celebrity relationship years 1yr=2yr so 10=20 then 13=about 23yr. Who really cares rich people problems+ marital problems = gibberish to a single broke student.

  12. yo

    August 6, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Y’all should. Stop being stupid placing a temporary ban on wearing the hijab won’t solve shit…..what about the male suicide bombers? Do you think this will stop them all they need is a really big hoodie and nobody will suspect a thing..

    • yo

      August 6, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Or a knapsack even a handbag will do.why haven’t you all advised people to stop carrying handbags…..we all have brains let’s all use it and stop being shallow minded people.

    • sisi jules

      August 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      its not the solution but it could be part of d solution.. Lets see what happens next but for the main time KEEP UR MOUTH SHOT!

  13. Chika

    August 6, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I don’t support the temporary ban of hijab, there are other and better options.

  14. grland orhue

    August 6, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Caution no, i think the right word is sacrifice!. We as citizens must be ready to sacrifice some of our fundamental human right we never really had in the first place. We must not sounds like the americans who wouldn’t want his government to use drones on americans even if he or she is in a foreign land breeding terrorist. Security today means giving our government all the support they need to fight every menace and pray for a better result.

    • balqeez

      August 7, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Can you sacrifice ur cloth and walk being naked around around, u have to reason before you talk hijab is an Islamic clothing and its compulsory just like your panties so u can’t tell us to pull it off or shorten it, its not possible and it cannot even solve the problem

  15. Adebola

    August 6, 2014 at 10:40 am

    @ade, Dizzy and all in support of banning Hijabs gbogboyin tilo stupid ju sha…..Awuuuu!!!

  16. Omas

    August 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    this is going to be a long debate

  17. balqeez

    August 7, 2014 at 7:50 am

    banning hijab is not the solution to the terrorism problem, it would only lead to another problem which is religious crisis without even solving the latter problem, so why is our government not thinking and reasoning before they act

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