This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Thursday, November 26, 2015
MURIC WELCOMES RESOLUTION OF NYSC HIJAB SAGA
WELCOMES RESOLUTION OF NYSC HIJAB SAGA
The Muslim Corpers Association of Nigeria (MCAN) yesterday
cleared the air on the raging controversy surrounding the purported ban of the
hijab in camps of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) across the country.
MCAN in two separate statements issued in Abuja revealed that members of its executive
held a meeting with the Director General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Johnson
Olawumi, where the issue was amicably settled
In the first statement titled ‘Ban of Hijab Within NYSC Scheme:
A False News’ MCAN reported that the DG apologized to the female corp member
who was harassed by the Benue State camp commandant who has since been banned
from the camp. The DG also promised to set up a committee to find a lasting
solution to the hijab affair. The committee, according to the report, will
coopt a member of the MCAN executive.
In the second
statement issued by MCAN titled ‘NYSC DG Discredits The Ban Of Hijab’, the group
confirmed that only the long hijab which reaches the ankles was banned while any
hijab which covers the bosom or reaches the knee is permitted.
The Muslim Rights
Concern (MURIC) welcomes the above development. Contrary to earlier perception,
we note with pleasure the DG’s amenable disposition to the hijab question and
his transparently liberal mien to religious issues.
We remind the NYSC authorities of the strategic importance of
the institution to virtually every Nigerian parent. We therefore urge the body to
inject doses of dynamism into its public relations so as to plug any lacuna in communication.
Early reaction to issues of public interest will go a long way in preventing
commend the maturity displayed by MCAN officials on the hijab controversy. We
charge all Muslim corpers to discharge their duties with patriotic zeal. We also
appeal to the press to avoid sensationalism in their reportage. We commend the
DG of the NYSC for his liberality and for adopting an open-door policy in his
handling of the hijab imbroglio.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)