Muslim group praises police, warns against harassment of Muslim women

By Lateef Dada, Osogbo

A Muslim group, the Ansar-ud-deen Youth Association of Nigeria, has praised Police Commissioner Usman Alkali Baba for endorsing the hijab for female Muslim officers, describing it as a good step in the right direction .

The group also warned of further harassment and intimidation of Muslim women over the use of the hijab.

Speaking at a press conference announcing the 10th triennial conference in Osogbo, Osun State on Friday, the association’s national chairman, Alhaji Jamiu Soyode, called on government at all levels to intervene and to prevent further intimidation and harassment of Muslims across the country.

He lamented the outcry over the endorsement of the hijab for police, wondering why Muslims are denying their basic rights.

“As a conformist association based on the rule of law and centered on the interests of the people, we want to urge the government to intervene and prevail over certain individuals in the corridors of power who seem to be abrogating powers to deny, to punish and create hatred within society by intimidating Muslims (especially sisters) in all spheres of life.

“We have always lived in peace and harmony without any form of bigotry, hatred and envy, but this new crusade to dehumanize our fellow human beings must end. While we remain law abiding, we also condemn this act and urge the government to end it.

“The police uniform is just a step in the right direction. If you go to any other part of the world you will see that this is not news anymore. They use the hijab in the UK and in other developed countries.

“This step that the government has taken, in particular the Inspector General of Police, is a good step in the right direction,” he added.

He revealed that the triennial conference to be held from March 25-27 would be themed, “Insecurity and Socio-Economic Instability: Muslim Youth on Call.”

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