Female Muslims Must Not Be Harassed For Wearing Hijab – Makinde

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has issued a caution to citizens not to harass any female Muslim wearing a headscarf.
When Muslim women go out in public, they usually wear a scarf to conceal their heads and other areas of their bodies.
Some Muslim women and students have been harassed by authorities at their schools or government organizations because they wear a hijab, according to the DAILY POST.
The case of a female student at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso who was harassed in class recently.
A stern warning to the heads of government agencies and institutions in the state, however, has been sent by Makinde, warning them not to harass anyone for wearing a hijab.
As part of the activities to mark World Hijab Day in 2022, Makinde issued the warning through a message he shared on social media.
During his message to the Muslim Ummah in the state, particularly the female Muslims, on the occasion of World Hijab Day in 2022, the governor further assured that his administration in the state will not trample on the religious rights of anyone.
According to the statement issued by Imam Abdul Rasheed AbdAzeez, Makinde’ s Special Assistant on Islamic Affairs insisted that his administration will not oppose activities and practices that promote godliness and modesty.
He maintained that the hijab covering not only enhances the beauty of the wearer but also contributes to the advancement of decency in society.
Female Muslims who wear the hijab will not be subjected to intimidation or molestation, according to him, and his government will not tolerate such behavior.
” I want to congratulate the Muslims on the 2022 World Hijab Day.
If the Quran says female Muslims should wear hijabs, our government will not oppose it.
Since our constitution guarantees freedom of religion, my administration will not prevent anyone from following his/her religious dictates.
” I have instructed those in positions of authority in the state’ s public service and across all our public schools not to intimidate or harass anyone because of their religious beliefs or practices.
” Our government is god- fearing and we will continue to preach religious tolerance, equality, and justice, which will further engender peaceful coexistence, love, and togetherness.
” As the theme of this year’ s celebration suggests, hijab is the pride of every female Muslim and it remains sacrosanct. ”