The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has rebuked the actions of the management of University of Ibadan (UI) International School for allegedly denying Muslim pupils their rights to wear hijab within the school premises.
Hijab is a veil that covers the head and chest worn by some Muslim women while in the presence of any male outside of their immediate family.
The Council’s position was contained in a statement issued to pressmen by the head of Media and Communications, Aselemi Ibrahim, at the end of the council’s 7th Expanded General Purpose Committee Meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.
The President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, accused the management of UI International School of silencing the voices of Muslim pupils in the school.
“This position is against the backdrop of the incessant cases of an allegation of harassment of Muslim pupils of the university’s International School over the use of hijab. Fixing of statitory academic and management meetings of the university for periods dedicated to Muslim’s Friday prayer among other issues,” the statement said.
“We urge lawmakers to initiate bills that would streamline and unambiguously legitimise the use of jijab in public institutions in the country,” the council stated.