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'
Sunday, December 17, 2017
LAW SCHOOL HIJAB SAGA: FANI KAYODE’S COMMENT IS MOST UNCHARITABLE
LAW SCHOOL HIJAB SAGA:
FANI KAYODE’S COMMENT IS MOST UNCHARITABLE
Former Minister of
Aviation, Fani Kayode, has allegedly blamed Amasa Firdaus who was denied ‘call
to bar’ by officials of the Council of Legal Education (CLE) for failing to
remove her hijab. The ex-minister said Firdaus was only being childish and
disingenuous as Nigeria is a secular state and she could not insist on wearing
a religious garb during a secular ceremony.
Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly denounces Fani Kayode’s unsolicited comment. It
is pregnant with hate, disdain and arrogance. Fani Kayode’s comment is most
uncharitable. It is petty, meddlesome and ungentlemanly. Worst still, it is
short in chivalry, long in cowardice.
He allegedly tweeted: “You cannot
insist on wearing religious garb during a secular ceremony and she is not the
first Muslim to be called to the Nigerian bar. Nigeria is a secular state.”
This is absolute
bunkum. Does that mean Nigeria does not want to see Muslims? Or that Nigeria
does not recognize Muslims as citizens who should enjoy fundamental human
that mean Muslims should remove all religious adornments and identifications
whenever they attend public programmes? Haven’t we seen bishops and pastors
wearing religious robes while attending public and non-religious functions in
this country? Has anyone ever demanded that they should remove their Christian
Will Fani Kayode one day seek public office and expect Muslims
to vote for him? We are waiting for the day. While patriotic Nigerians are
trying hard to sink their religious differences in order to promote unity in
our diversity, people like Fani Kayode are fanning the embers of war through
the promotion of primordial sentiment.
When many liberal and level-headed Christians are joining other
freedom loving Nigerians to condemn the law school on this extreme and
irrational behavior, Fani
Kayode could only visualize himself in a crusader’s armour charging furiously
with his spear raised to deal a murderous blow on a vulnerable citizen, a
defenceless lady for that matter. Where is Fani Kayode’s self-acclaimed heroism?
Where is his manliness? So Fani Kayode feels great pleasure in the persecution
of a Muslim lady; where is his legal mind? It is our contention that Fani
Kayode has lost his legal mind. He is not thinking as a lawyer, but as an
unrepentant Muslim hater and a bigoted anti-Muslim crusader.
As we round up, we call on Nigerians to eschew religious
discrimination and to see themselves as people of identical destiny regardless
of religious background. We appeal to Fani Kayode to stop stirring the hornet’s
nest, to love his fellow Nigerian regardless of religious or ethnic background
and to learn the basic principles of tolerance and peaceful coexistence. We warn
Nigerians to be wary of people like Fani Kayode who are misleading Nigerians
with their erroneous claim that Nigeria is a secular state. Nay, Nigeria is a
multi-religious state and confusionists cum demagogues should allow this
to sink into their medullae oblongata.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)