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NYSC Bans Muslim Women from Wearing Hijab in Camp │ Muslim Youth Group Reacts

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Muslim youth under the umbrella of Muslim Youths in Da’wah on Tuesday stormed the headquarters of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abuja to discuss  Director-General of the NYSC Johnson Olawumi‘s ban of hijabs.

According to Daily Post, Olawumi said his rationale for banning muslim women from wearing hijabs is for security reasons.

Luqman Hassan, national coordinator of the youth group told Olawumi:

“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.”

Many Muslim organisations wanted to protest, but we said wait a while. In fact, we have to intervene to avoid the situation and if Muslims march on the streets, it will attract a lot of negative comments, but people won’t know why we are protesting.

In response, Olawumi said:

Under my leadership, the NYSC will accord respect to every corps member, irrespective of tribe and religion. The incident in Benue State was caused by the use of long hijab. The security situation in the country is tough. There is the danger of somebody using hijab for other reasons.

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.

Why are you so particular on your alleged infraction on the rights of youths without mentioning any one of such on Christian youths? Produce your evidence, write to us and I can assure you that we will act fast. When the incident in Benue State was reported to us, I swung into action and ensured that the camp commandant was decamped immediately. We are not magicians; if you have any evidence, write to us and we will not hesitate to act.”

12 Comments

  1. ENITAN ALADE

    November 25, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Its all good as long as it does helps saving innocent lives.. The unnecessary gruesome killings are getting too much. God please heal our land! Amen.

  2. ajani

    November 25, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Mehn! Christian sisters who do not wear trousers should protest o

    • Adeniyi Lawson

      November 25, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Christians need not to protest over anything, coz we live in GRACE

  3. kama

    November 25, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Thank you NYSC for stopping that hijab wearing, it doesn’t make them hollier than other religion. No more hijab with four legs!!!

  4. Busarni

    November 25, 2015 at 11:20 am

    What are they protesting; Abi de want to carry out operation on their fellow corpers.
    Hiding so many things under the hijab. Ban in nationwide abeg…

  5. Amaa

    November 25, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    It saddens when I see this. Muslim countries are banning hijab because of security situation in their various countries. Since when did NYSC start giving concessions for dressing it a para military exercise and that is why you have soldiers Incharge of camps. I rember when a nun refused to wear a trouser she was decamped she went back to her convent and she was asked to go back and wear the uniform by her mother superior the only concession that she was giving was only the covering of her head. In the army or any military organization in this country are you allowed to wear a hijab? This is clearly a sensitive situation but let us not get carried away with emotions.

  6. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    November 25, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Some folks be forming “I love GOD pass my neighbor”. Line them up for firing squad to die for them God and see whether dem no go recant. Abeg security first before religion biko.

  7. ElessarisEllendil

    November 25, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    “long hijab.” really should be the key word here. You can steal cover your hair, simply can’t wear a burqua; Don’t see the controversy.

  8. Moi

    November 25, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I see no reasons y d hijab should be banned in camp, will any educated lady in hijab pack bomb 2 camp knowing the situation of d country? some Nigerians talk outta common sense.some Christian sister also say they can’t wear trousers because of their faith, evry1 should be respected regardless of faith,race or ethnicity, so should police uniforms be banned because some officers keep bribe in their pockets? Many sensible Nigerians know boko haram is not an Islamic sect as Muslims are not ordered to kill innocent souls. Y do dey bomb mosques majorly as @d time d Muslims are praying?? How many churches have dey bombed as compared to mosques?? Yet some people just talk out of ignorance and hatred,security my foot!..insult me if you like, I have made my point!

    • *curious*

      November 25, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      que?

  9. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    November 25, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Last time i checked some ISIS big boys get higher education. Enough said

  10. honey omo lekki

    November 26, 2015 at 11:05 am

    We should all be tolerant of each other’s religion.

    Hijab is an integral part of the Muslims, and asking them to remove it is tantamount to asking a non-hijab wearing person to go naked.

    While i am all for moderating the hijab (i.e. having an accepted length), outright banning is racist and against the oneness of the country.

    I have seen a christian sister wear khaki skirt at NYSC camp here on BN and you were all hailing her. Someone even said earlier that they gave a catholic sister concession to use her veils, so why should muslim’s own be different.

    Irrespective of what you have against the Islamic religion, you cannot deny someone the right to practice her religion.

    The NYSC DG has spoken well, and has tried to placate both parties. From the way i see it, there isnt much issue, BN is just trying to make news. What was banned is not hijab, but long hijab.

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