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World Hijab Day: MMPN calls for tolerance, understanding

The Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) has called for tolerance and understanding from non-Muslims, who detest Muslim women adorning hijab, which was in manifestation of her religious rights.

The National President of MMPN, Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun, made the call in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja to mark 2018 World Hijab Day (WHD) marked yesterday.

From left: Hajia Nimatulah Abduquadir, Hajia Lateefah Olajide, Hajia Mutiat Orolu-Balogun, Alhaja Rashidat Oyesoro, Mrs. Anifat Onafowokan and Hajia Haqsah Badru during a press conference to mark this year World Hijab Day at Alausa, Ikeja. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

Balogun said that the call became necessary because many Muslim ladies were being subjected to ridicules, intimidation, harassment, and beating by intolerant colleagues, bosses and neighbours because they wear Hijab.

He explained that World Hijab Day should not be seen as a celebration but a commemoration to show that wearing hijab was beyond culture, adding it was an injunction by God to the believing Muslim woman.

Quoting relevant injunctions from the Quran, Balogun stressed that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in section 38 sub-section 1 as amended guaranteed that every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

“We reiterate our support for the WHD 2018 with the theme: My Hijab! My Right! And for any woman, who chooses to adorn it in line with her God-given right.
Balogun also declared the support of MMPN for Miss Firdaus Amasa and her colleague Miss Aisha Zubair, who were denied call to bar in Dec. 2017. He insisted that there must be justice for them and others, who were discriminated against on account of wearing hijab.


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