…. Advises Nigerians to down tool bigotry
The Hijrah Council of Nigeria, a non-political and non-cultural united body of all Muslims across the country has commended the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alikali Baba, for respecting the constitutional provision on the right to practice religion by approving the use of hijab for willing female officers in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
This commendation is contained in a press statement signed by the Amir of the Council, Prof. Lanre Badmus Yusuf and made available to journalists on Monday.
The Hijrah Council of Nigeria said it appreciates the gesture of the IGP more because it is coming at a time the global community is recognizing the use of hijab, especially the forces in the western world.
The statement says the development means the IGP is living up to the global standard, by gallantly putting Nigeria on the global map of countries that understands and recognizes the fundamental human right of Muslim women.
While appealing to the Muslim women in the Force to make the best out of the opportunity by being modest, professional and promoting the interest of the country regardless situation that they find themselves in, the Hijrah Council of Nigeria also encouraged the officers of the Nigeria police force not to shy away, feel intimidated, or feel inferior in the utilization of hijab while in uniform.
The non-political Islamic however implored individuals, groups and religious bodies who are castigating the IGP for being modest to rethink and down tool their bigotry, adding that, the use of hijab by Muslim women is compulsory regardless of their profession.
It described the mode of dressing as promoting the purity of women which its usage has no negative effect on people around them except mischievous people.