The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has said it will use all legal means to fight any move to ban the wearing of hijab by Muslim women in Nigeria. The Secretary-General JNI Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu disclosed this in his speech during the official commissioning of the Secretariat of the Kaduna state chapter of council for Imams and Ulamas, held in Kaduna yesterday.
According to Dr. Aliyu, the fact that some women wearing hijab have been connected or arrested with bombings does not mean that everybody wearing hijab is a suspect.
The JNI Secretary-General added that it is the duty of the security agencies in the country to find out if those women wearing hijab to perpetrate evils are actually Muslims; and if they’re Muslims what is their motive; and not for the government to just come to conclusion for a straight ban on wearing hijab.
“We, as Muslims, are concerned with the insecurity situation in the country. Our brothers and sisters are being massacred on daily basis in the North-East and some other parts of the country. Today, Gwosa and Damboa are no more in existence as it has been overrun by insurgents who are still advancing to take other towns. This is what should be government’s priority and not to be looking at area of banning Muslim women from wearing hijab.” In his own response, the Permanent Secretary, Bureau for Religious Affairs, Islamic Matters, Alh. Abdulrahman Mamoud said Kaduna State Government is working round the clock to ensure that there is a peaceful coexistence among the ethnic and religious groups in the state.