*As MURIC demands justice
The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit has described the assault on a female Muslim candidate writing the current examination of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Khadijat Eniola Anisere, as an affront and call for chaos.
The female student was on Friday, September 2, assaulted by a female supervisor of WAEC when she was writing Biology examination at Egan Grammar School, Igando, Lagos State.
When representatives of the MSSN Lagos State Area Unit visited the centre on Monday, it was confirmed that the student was assaulted.
The delegation of the MSSN Lagos also reported that WAEC also sent some of its officials to confirm the incident.
Reacting to the assault, Amir (President) of the MSSN Lagos, Saheed Ashafa, condemned the assault, saying that the psychological effect caused by the assault could hardly be quantified.
According to Ashafa, assaults on Muslim candidates during Major examinations are becoming rampant.
He issued a strong warning to the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to call its members to order.
Ashafa explained that the caution was necessary because those found unleashing assaults on the students were exclusively Christians.
He said, “Leadership of CAN needs to tread the path of honour by making definite call on their members who continuously harass and assault the Muslims at every slight opportunity. Any refusal by the CAN to do this clearly shows that assaults on the Muslim students is a master plan to subjugate Islam and the Muslims.
“It seems that Christians in Lagos State are more interested in truncating the existing religious tolerance in the state. If not, why will some individuals go against the court order that reaffirmed the interpretation of Section 38 (i) and (ii) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the Court of Appeal which allows for the legality and right to wear Hijab.
Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC also condemned the development, saying: “We strongly condemn this wanton assault on an innocent female Muslim teenager. It is most bizarre, highly barbaric and totally deplorable.
“This is a hate attack and a blatant act of Islamophobia. We see it as part of a grand design to retard the progress of Muslim youths. Christian fanatics working in government agencies like WAEC have been instructed by hate preachers to create bottlenecks for Muslim youths by all possible means.
The supervisor’s attack on Khadijah Anisere is a breach of Section 13 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act (1991) which provides ‘’a public officer shall not do or direct to be done, in abuse of his office, any act prejudicial to the rights of any person knowing that such act is unlawful or contrary to any government policy”
We will demand justice for Khadijah Anisere. Nigerian Muslims will not fold their arms and watch their daughters dehumanised by Christian fanatics. WAEC must identify this extremist supervisor and discipline her. People like her are responsible for series of religious crises that have resulted in loss of lives and destruction of properties worth billions of naira. What Nigeria needs most today is peace and stability and our public institutions cannot afford to create unnecessary tension at this point in time. We assert that justice is the soul of peace and whoever denies one can never enjoy the other.