Kwara is a Muslim state, take your mission schools to the rivers – MURIC
The Nigerian Islamic Human Rights Organization Muslim Concern (MURIC) has introduced a hijab scam in Kwara state. Some public school teachers recently forced Muslim students to take off their hijab from inside the school. This sparked a statewide controversy that led to the closure of 10 schools by the state government.
In his contribution to the debate, MURIC pledged to take all necessary constitutional measures to stop the oppression of innocent Muslim students in the state of Qwara. This is stated in a public statement released by the Director of the Muslim Rights Defense Group, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
According to MURIC, “What is happening in Qwara today regarding the use of the hijab in schools is exactly the manifestation of the five evils that Neville Chamberlain spoke of: brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression and persecution. For our part, we will not allow these five vices to prevail in Qwara, as they did in some southwestern states on the issue of hijab.
“The authorities in these ten mission schools should be ashamed to behave like oppressors and slave owners. A mountain is made from an ordinary mole heap. A simple veil! The UK allows hijab in its schools. The United States also allows this. Whom are these Qwara teachers trying to imitate? This is anachronism, myopia and narrow-mindedness. The world moved on, but they chose to stagnate. This is an exhibition of colonial mentality and gymnastic religiosity. It must stop.
“Missionary schools that insist on stripping Muslim children of their Islamic identity should be ashamed of themselves. They may not be aware of the impression they are trying to make. “This is our school, so everyone who comes here must comply with the Christian style of dress, Christian lifestyle, Christian faith …”
“This is exactly what the colonial master did in those days, and that is why we accuse them of showing a colonial mentality. The colonialists would not allow any Muslim to go to their schools without changing their name to Christian. Rashid became Richard. Ishaq became Isaac, and Mikail became Michael. The Muslims endured the persecution patiently and persistently until the colonialists left in 1960. But are we still in Nigeria before independence? Apartheid also collapsed in South Africa. So how can we endure religious apartheid in a predominantly Muslim state?
“Yes. We say this boldly, loudly and clearly. Kwara is a predominantly Muslim state. It is absurd to think that any group can harass Muslim children in such a place. Infra dignitatem. Bring your schools. Missionaries. Rivers State if you want to forcefully change the identity of Muslim children. Niesom Wyck is waiting for you with open arms to receive you. He later illegally declared his state a Christian state, in violation and discontent with Article 10 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1999.
“But not in the state of Kwara. It is an abomination to deny Muslims their basic human rights given by Allah in a state where they enjoy a comfortable majority. Muslim leaders and Islamic scholars in the state must wake up. Are Muslim girls deprived of their hijab in Ilorin, the city of Alfaz? It’s incredible. It won’t get better.
“Schools are not subsidized? So you want to use government money to persecute Muslim children until they submit to forced treatment? Even if these are mission schools, should they force Muslim students to undress? We’re not surprised because this is part of their old way of converting energy. Nigerian Christians should refrain from using Muslim children to traumatize their parents. We will not return to slavery. Too much is too much.
“MURIC advises Governor Abdul Rahman Abdul Razak not to provoke the Muslims of the Qwara tribe by making illegal, illegal and unconstitutional compromises with the persecutors of Muslim children. Nigeria’s Constitution is the et origo nature of all ordinances, rules and regulations in the country, and Section 38 (i) (ii) not only guarantees freedom of religion, but also its “manifestation”, that is, the role that the hijab must fulfill. perform.
“It may be necessary to revoke previous court decisions in favor of the use of the hijab, and anything that is against this can only be the indignation of the court. Exempli gratia, in the case of the State Pedagogical College of the Provost Quar, Ilorin v. Basirat Saliu Suite n. CA / IL / 49/2009, Court of Appeal, Ilorin Judicial Panel stated: “The use of the headscarf by Muslim women qualifies as a fundamental right under section 38 of the Constitution.”
“Even in Abidemi Rasak and 3Ors v. Lagos State Health Commissioner and 2 Ors, Lawsuit No. ID / 424M / 2004, the Lagos High Court declared unconstitutional a circular issued by the Lagos School of Medical Technology prohibiting students from wearing the hijab.
“The historic statement of the Lagos State Court of Appeal against Miss Ashiat Abdkarim CA / L / 135/15 is equally instructive. In his main ruling, Judge Gumel said that the use of the hijab is an Islamic prohibition as well as an act of worship, therefore it would violate the applicants’ right not to wear the hijab in public schools.
“We are shocked that at a time when the world is focusing on girls’ education, mission schools are denying girls access to education because of religion. Article 14 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child guarantees freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Among other things, he says: “Children have the right to think and believe what they want and to practice their religion, as long as they do not prevent other people from enjoying their rights.”
“The people of Kwara must learn to coexist peacefully. These kids have been wearing hijab all these years in those schools. Why sudden déjà vu? What changed? Who turned them against their Muslim neighbors so badly that they blame innocent schoolchildren? This new face is a manifestation of deep hatred.
“The only way we can interpret this now is that they oppose the hijab because it reminds them of Islam and Muslims. These are those who hate Muslims and cannot stand the look of hijab. They know that the hijab is a symbol of Islam, and they have a phobia, they have really become paranoid.
“The use of the hijab by so many Muslim girls in these schools makes them feel bad because their main goal is to convert all Muslim students to Christianity. Usually, even wearing a hijab in schools also indicates a large Muslim population. They love to pretend and lie that they are in the majority, that they have conquered all of Nigeria. But all this is a lie, fabricated to attract foreign funds and deceive the Western world. And what are they using foreign funds for? They buy private jets. Or has anyone seen an Islamic scholar in Nigeria who has a private jet?
“The Kwara state government must be careful not to violate the constitution. The government must be bold, sincere and pragmatic. The Qara Muslim community must reject this attempt to deny their children the right to education without coercion.
In addition, we believe that changing a child’s faith begins with changing his or her face. The way you dress is addressed to you. Any policy that allows religious school owners to dictate how to dress in their schools is yet another attempt to publicly strip Muslim female students and supplant their Muslim identity with a Christian education. This deception, greed, selfishness and theft of children by such owners are not in vogue. It is evil, torturous, illegal, illegal, illegal and unconstitutional.
“In parenting loco, parents must guide and protect their children from being forced to compromise with their faith. This is a responsibility that parents should not give up. Children may have to blame their parents in the future if they cannot defend children now. Islamic scholars in the state do not need to sell children’s rights for a plate of porridge. The offspring will judge us all.
“There are no two ways to do this. Muslim students in Qwara must wear the hijab. This is their basic human right given to them by Allah. MURIC will not hesitate to take all the necessary constitutional measures to ensure that students wear the hijab. No withdrawal. To not give up “.
Professor Ishak Akintola,
Caring for the Rights of Muslims (MURIK)
Source: – Iskhakakintola