Muslim students condemn judgement banning hijab in Lagos schools

The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit, has frowned at the judgement delivered by Justice Grace Onyeabo of the Ikeja High Court, Lagos, on the ban of hijabs in primary and secondary schools in the state.

Ms. Onyeabo had on Friday, September 17, dismissed and ruled against the use of hijab in schools, claiming it would affect the secular nature of Lagos State.

MSSN described the judgement as a rape of the constitution.

Its Amir (President), Kaamil Kalejaiye, said the judge neglected and rejected numerous arguments presented to her, during the about two-year case, that sections of the Nigerian constitution and international laws guaranteed the freedom of religion, thoughts and conscience.

Mr. Kalejaiye said: “It is unfair that the judgement denied us a right that is not only Godly but constitutionally stated. Do we call that a misinterpretation of the constitution or rape of the code of law. We want to believe that the dictates of the constitution must stand at all times. While we remain undaunted and won’t relent on our moves to get female pupils dress accordingly because it is their right, we reject in totality the judgement and urge every Muslims to do so too.

“We are simply asking for our right and not a favour. We have started the sensitisation and mobilisation of our members, sympathisers and well-wishers which include parents and families of our members of over four million here in Lagos to be politically ready for protest and Allah on our side we shall overcome.

“What it signifies to refuse Hijab is simply that you are asking our female pupils to begin to dress nakedly. It is shameful that we have found ourselves in a state where wrong acts are seen as the correct by some elements.”

Mr. Kalejaiye insisted that the judgement would not have been fairly arrived at, giving the stance that the defendant’s lawyer, Femi Pedro, had in one of his positions argued and recognised the use of Hijab.

He also said since the government said it would allow the use of Hijab during Islamic Religion Knowledge classes and Jumaat prayer, the Judge should know that it was a permissible dressing ethics for female Muslims.

He stated: “It is embarrassing to hear the judge say that allowing the freedom of religion for Muslims would affect faithful of other religions. This seems to be absolutely out of point as the mode of practise and doctrines of every religion are different. And the judge should have identified in the argument of the government counsel that Hijab is compulsory for Muslim females.

“It will be recalled that the government’s lawyer, Femi Pedro (SAN), had conceded that Hijab was “compulsory for Muslims that are adults”. But how does he want an adult to begin to use what he/she has not been practicalising from youthful age? Of what use would it be to encourage Muslim females to dress naked during their youthful age and covered when they grow? Islam is a perfect religion and it does not encourage any form of irregularities.
“There is contradiction between the judge and the provisions of the constitution because while the judge claims that Nigeria is a secular state, the constitution recognises two major religions, which are Islam and Christianity. It must be noted that the government finances the schools with tax paid by our parents and indirect tax by us so we have the right to demand for our right in our schools. The government is only allowed to make policies that are within the confines of the constitution and not to its favour.

The MSSN Amirah (female president), Hafsah Badru, said since the secularity of the states that granted it was not disturbed, there was no basis for that to be a cause for denying the constitution to take its stand.

“It is mostly painful to us that the judge refused to recognise or state any punishment or defense for further oppression and harassment of female pupils. Our lawyer had told her how some of our pupils (claimants) were beaten and molested but no substantial comment was made on that.
“Some states in the South-West which include Ekiti have granted the use of Hijab in their schools and they don’t have problem with maintaining their secularity as claimed by the judge. Why should Lagos be different? Wearing hijab is a constitutional act, must be allowed and seen as such,” Ms. Badru said.

The MSSN Lagos counsel, Gani Adetola-Kassim, had after the judgement said an appeal would be filed.

Mr. Adetola-Kassim said: “Well the court has spoken, there are still very many issues to be considered which invariably means that we will appeal the judgment.

“We are simply not satisfied with the court decision. The angle through which the court has looked at the issue is quite at variance with the provisions of the constitution. We will definitely appeal.”

It will be recalled that MSSN Lagos had approached the court to seek end to the humiliation and harassment of female Muslims from using hijab.

One of the scenarios of harassment stated by the group was that on February 5, 2013, Aisha, a JSS II student of Kadara Junior High School, Ebute Metta, was flogged 43 strokes of cane on the assembly ground by her principal, E.C Ukpaka, because Aisha did not to remove her Hijab after coming out of Islamic Religious Knowledge class, where it is ordinarily permitted to adorn Hijab.

The MSSN Lagos also mentioned that on February 20, 2013, Bareerah Tajudeen of Mafoloku Senior Grammar School, Oshodi, had her Hijab removed and trampled upon by her principal, Elizabeth Omidele, outside the school premises.


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  • A free nigerian

    About 200 years ago our rights were denied in the name of slavery,100 years ago our rights were denied in the name of colonization. Today our rights are being denied in the name of the law. Ms grace onyeabo, you have denied me freedom of expression(I can’t wear hijab), what makes you different from a slave master of the 18th century?

  • Public Records

    “Nigeria declares itself a multi-religious secular state.
    That means religious political parties can’t be valid. If Nigeria should let
    go APC as an Islamic party, an open season is declared for religious
    parties to emerge. Nigeria could then be worse for it. Religious politics
    necessarily breeds conflicts – as different faiths will struggle to impose
    their religious tenets on all non-adherents as the law of the land.”

    …………….Ishani

    [April 22nd, 2014]

  • Kay H. Shaw

    Dear Editor Premium Times,

    ISLAMISM IS CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO NIGERIA

    There is neither sense nor logic in the Muslims’ Hijab
    arguments
    but of course Islamism is
    incompatible with democracy. Nigerian Muslims are
    seeking a right they deny to others. For on the same footing
    of the Hijab arguments, Christians and traditional
    religionists shall become entitled to dress their wards to schools according
    to their own respective faiths. That is afterall what democracy means.

    But Muslims expressly deny that freedom of religion to others and rather
    thoughtlessly claim it as special freedom reserved only for Islam – which
    silliness puts Nigerian Muslims in bad odour as a thoughtless throng of folks
    lacking in abiding sense of community. Now, non-Muslim Nigerians can look
    overseas to present-day Libya, Yemen, Iraq and Syria and see how
    Islamism destroys democracy.

    Islamismstarts from the first wrong-headed principle
    (in a multi-religious country) that Koranic verses and the
    exhortatory precepts of the Hadith must override a country’s national
    constitution. That irresponsible reversal of supremacy clause then puts Muslims in direct,
    and sometimes violent conflict with all non-Muslims, to enthrone the Koran over all laws.

    But Muslims then hypocritically hesitate to draw the next
    logical inference that the supremacy of the Koran is
    tantamount to declaring an Islamic State, but they hedge crookedly,
    just so as not to be seen plainly for treasonable felons under the guise of religion.

    The nonsense notion that the Koran makes a dressing compulsory is argued
    as overriding whatever the national constitution of a country says.
    Yet, Muslims do not concede the same right to Christians to invoke that same argument.
    Nigerian Muslims do not accept that Christians should likewise impose their own doctrinal directive
    on any and all laws – including the Koran, since both the Koran and the Holy Bible cannot be
    supreme at the same time without one canceling each other.

    This simple logic – which incredibly seems to escape Nigeria’s mostly emotive and
    un-thinking Muslims – makes their irresponsible agitations closer to treason than to anything
    sounding in civic responsibility, since Muslims draw no boundary on where the Koran does not
    override the laws and constitution of Nigeria. But non-Muslims see through the ploy. For once
    Koranic clothing is legalized and declared mandatory in all public schools, it follows that schools’
    curriculum must necessarily be Koranic-compliant.

  • Words on Marble

    The nonsense notion that the Koran makes a dressing compulsory is argued
    as overriding whatever the national constitution of a country says.
    Yet, Muslims do not concede the same right to Christians to invoke that same argument.
    Nigerian Muslims do not accept that Christians should likewise impose their own doctrinal directive
    on any and all laws – including the Koran, since both the Koran and the Holy Bible cannot be
    supreme at the same time without one cancelling the other.This simple logic – which incredibly seems to escape Nigeria’s mostly emotive and
    un-thinking Muslims – makes their irresponsible agitations closer to treason than to anything
    sounding in civic responsibility, since Muslims draw no boundary on where the Koran does not
    override the laws and constitution of Nigeria.

    ……..A Free Nigerian
    (October 18, 2014)

  • W.M.B

    “The nonsense notion that the Koran makes a dressing compulsory is argued
    as overriding whatever the national constitution of a country says.
    Yet, Muslims do not concede the same right to Christians to invoke that same argument.
    Nigerian Muslims do not accept that Christians should likewise impose their own doctrinal directive
    on any and all laws – including the Koran, since both the Koran and the Holy Bible cannot be
    supreme at the same time without one cancelling out the other.
    This simple logic which incredibly seems to escape Nigeria’s mostly emotive and
    un-thinking Muslims – makes their irresponsible agitations closer to treason than to anything
    sounding in civic responsibility, since Muslims draw no boundary on where the Koran does not
    override the laws and constitution of Nigeria.”

    ……..Kay. H. Shaw
    (October 18, 2014)

    • Dr Adepite

      @ Kay Shaw:

      Islamism is deadly, Islamism is dangerous, it is to be avoided. Islamism is an invidious
      mindset, percolating the thoughts of a huge swathe of Nigerian Muslims,
      sometimes superciliously, other times as overcompensation for low esteem.
      At all times, Islamism involves the breaking of all rules of fair dealings, to assure
      the dominance of Muslims in public office.

      As it is, Islamism has very nearly torn apart Yoruba society under the mis-direction
      of Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Alhaji Raji Fashola, both of whom have set the
      teeth of Yoruba non-Muslims on edge. Islamism is the most dangerous political
      ideology fanned wholly by Nigerian Muslims.

      • George B. Alabi

        Please, my people, if i am the Judge i will just ask these Nigerian Mujahedeens a simple question:-
        “under what rule does a verse in the Koran nullify the 1999 Constitution, and, under what rule of jurisprudence can any other section of the 1999 Constitution be valid versus any other verse of
        the Koran?”

      • By Popular Demand

        “The Action Congress (AC) party in Yorubaland – now morphed as APC,
        is an on-going insult against Yoruba Christians. Since its formation in 2002,
        the ACN/APC party has NEVER fielded a Christian as governorship candidate
        in any of the six (6) Yoruba states of the South-West.”

        ……Deacon Rotimi Ayanlaja

        (October 16, 2014)

  • Abraham

    “In Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution, Sharia was mentioned 73 times, Grand Khadi 54
    times, Islam 28 times, Muslims 10 times, and there is no single mention of Christ,
    Christian, Christianity, or, church. Some mischievous elements are taking these lapses
    in the Nigerian Constitution to come to the ungodly decision that probably
    the Nigerian state is an Islamic state.”

    ……….Bishop Joseph Bagobiri

    Kafanchan Diocese of Catholic Church

    (March 31st, 2014)

    • Damilola Coker

      Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Raji Fashola are the Muslim Mujahedeens who destroyed Yoruba unity.

      • Battle Ready

        “I am seeing something very ugly behind the mask of the All Progressives Congress [APC],
        and it is called religious bigotry. This is a political party whose key substantive officers
        in theNational Executive Committee are ALL ‘Muslims’!’ We already hear people openly
        refer to the APC as the Boko Haram and the Janjaweed Party.
        Presenting a Muslim/Muslim ticket would only confirm it. That is absolute logic!“

        “If the person that the leadership of the Yoruba APC eventually decide to field as
        a Vice-Presidential candidate is a Muslim, then the north must field a
        Christian candidate for the Presidency. Christians cannot and must not be taken
        for granted and no-one should attempt to sacrifice them on the altar of
        political expediency. Any political party that seeks to do that ceases to be a
        political party and can be better described as a religious cult”.

        “And no Christian worth his salt can or will ever be the member of such acult. The
        suggestion of a Muslim/Muslim ticket by some, and the subtle rationalization of
        such a repugnant and self-destructive agenda by others is, to say the least,
        nauseating. It is simply unacceptable and, in Jesus name, we reject it”.

        ……..Femi Fani-Kayode

        (April 7th, 2014)

        • Bode Shyngle

          @ D. Coker:

          Yes, you are right, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Raji Fashola might just have caused irreparable damage to Yoruba unity, but not only in the south-west, but everywhere the Yoruba reside in Nigeria and overseas. Just two days ago, Christians took to the streets in Ilorin, Kwara state to protest Islamic rule. Schools in Kwara are deprived Christian ownership and christian teachings. Oshun State in the south-west state is similarly expected to erupt in religious conflicts as soon as the Hijab issue is removed from suspensory pause by the state judiciary.

          Lagos state is now simmering. This shows a pattern: Islamization is the policy of the APC party. and Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the arrowhead of that Islamization policy in Yorubaland, with Alhaji Raji Fashola as a foot-soldier. In reaction, Christians met in mid-2013 at a plenary conference in Lagos and resolved to reject APC in 2015 (for emplacing Islamic rule in Lagos state) and instead vote en masse for a Christian governorship candidate of any other political party.

        • amazing2012

          What are you gaining now with christian as a leader ? They are just using you while you live in poverty. Christians or Muslim leaders are not representative of God but their pockets !

    • amazing2012

      Bishop, please answer my questions: did Christianity has moral concept ? If it has tell me who follow it ? And what is the difference between Christians and pagans in behavior ? As a catholic, how many children were abused by priests ? Just now the Pope approved remarriage of divorced Christians whose the bible clearly referred to as adultery ! You mentions that Islamic terms where mentioned in constitution, is because Christians has no one and the rest can be regarded as combination of both Christians and pagans laws. Christians will not even allow their moral teaching to become a law because actually they are in Christianity because is the only religion that can give them the freedom to commits all what they desire to do and still blindly believe they go to heaven. Some even went to say that since Jesus that’s taken their sin, they can commits whatever and get away with it. They full church because of display of beauty, music and to hear what they want to hear not necessarily the truth.
      I challenge you to bring just any rule or law by which you want it to be made as constitution for Christians, please mention one with its prescription of punishment !

      • AbujaKenneth

        Please address the issue raised by the Bishop

      • AbujaKenneth

        Thou shall not steal

      • lord

        Thou shall not kill.

  • Weydem

    Islamization is the policy of the APC party and Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the arrowhead of that Islamization policy in Yorubaland – with Alhaji Raji Fashola as a foot-soldier. In reaction, Christians had met in mid-2013 at a plenary conference in Lagos and resolved to reject APC in 2015 (for emplacing Islamic rule in Lagos state) and instead vote en masse for a Christian governorship candidate of any other political party.

    • Adeseyi N. Roberts

      Weydem,

      Me i agree with Yoruba Christians. Permanent Muslims’ rule is a gross insult by far.
      The Christians said they were deceived, but the Islamic signs were obvious all along.
      That’s why i don’t quite agree the Christians could not have acted faster before now.
      But better than late than never than wait further to allow Lagos become Islamic Caliphate.

      • Femi Macaulay

        @Weydem:

        Except in name only there is actually no difference between the AC/APC Islamic government
        in Yorubaland, and, Boko Haram. They are both joined in the hip on the same ideology
        of excluding Christians from the command levels of government.

        When Yoruba Christians wake up from slumber they will realize they are surrounded by
        the most virulent and militant Muslims. I pity Yoruba Christians because they are un-armed
        and defenceless even though in trouble.

        They assume that Boko Haram is just a Hausa/Fulani murder machine. They do not understand
        the concept of global jihad underway. Yoruba Christians do not connect the dots that since
        Yoruba Muslims are active cells in Al Qaeda, those cells are invariably allied to Boko Haram
        – whose stated aim is the ‘mass killings of all Christians’.

        • Ike

          Femi,

          SELF-INFLICTED CHRISTIAN HARM IN LAGOS

          Why do Yoruba Christians allow this in the first place? That’s the question.
          Are they all illiterates too? But we are told the Christians are very educated.
          What did Yoruba Christians do with their education between 1999 and 2014?
          They only used their education to choose their Muslim rulers every 4 years?
          That’s a defeat of the purpose of going to school. Prevention is better than cure.

          • Bolanle

            Ike,

            I agree. Yoruba Christians have not shown any political intelligence at all. Just servile sycophants telling lies to themselves that Islamic party -ACN/APC- is progressive party. I don’t know any other country in this world where the Christian community there gave their hearts and souls to Islamic rule voluntarily. It is amazing! Now they say they are saying they were deceived, but they were not deceived, they were simply too naive to think things through.

          • Obinna Achu

            “We are calling on all Christians to defend themselves through any means possible
            and calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to declare Boko Haram a terrorist
            group and make it officially known that we are in a state of religious war in Nigeria,
            so that Nigerian Christians could be armed to defend themselves.”

            …….…..Ndi-Igbo Peace Movement (NPM)

            [May 7th, 2013]

        • Wiki

          “Those who unleashed Boko Haram on the nation [Nigeria] are not poverty stricken.
          They are politicians ….desperate for power, intelligent enough or perceptive enough

          to recognise that the cocktail of politics and religious fundamentalism can only yield

          them dividends. They think they have nothing to lose.”

          The foot soldiers have been indoctrinated for years, from childhood, and they believe

          that their religion [Islam] is in danger …but Islam is not in danger. It is the pervert followers

          who are being used and who use others and proclaim that they are fighting for Islam.

          Look at the histories of the world: Boko Haram, if not contained and
          eradicated, will be found in the heart of Lagos (Nigeria) before you know it.”

          …………Professor Wole Soyinka

          [July 12th, 2014]

        • ola

          THE U.S GOVERNMENT WARNS…

          Reacting to Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s blood-chilling politics, America’s Consul General in Nigeria
          – Jeff Hawkins- said, “We were deeply troubled by the threat of ‘rig and roast’ issued multiple

          times by a major political figure (Bola Ahmed Tinubu) in recent weeks. Who benefits from that type
          of violent rhetoric, we wondered? And why would any ordinary Nigerian accept such provocative language, especially considering the history of post-election violence in Nigeria, and the truly

          horrific carnage that this country [Nigeria] has been suffering at the hands of Boko Haram?”

      • Asuquo Etinan

        Mr Roberts:

        The point is that Islam in the hands of illiterates breeds fanatics and justifies murderers.

        Islam is not a religion but a cult of hate breeders with an ideology of separateness,
        worse than apartheid. That is why Islam was banned last year throughout Angola.

        Islam is against freedom of speech and forbids the right to hold and express
        opinions. Islam aims to confer Muslims with obscene and un-merited privileges,
        including the right to kill with impunity. Islam in Nigeria is decidedly
        opposed to equality.

        Islam does not enjoin Muslims to do unto others as they want to be done to themselves.
        It is rather constantly interpreted as a literature of confused thinking,
        incompatible with democracy, by promoting illiteracy and intolerance. Islam
        puts a limit on the freedom of human imagination. That can’t be a religion but
        a cult of hate breeders.

        • Flo

          “Before it can qualify to reform the polity, the APC needs first to transform itself.
          The tide of South-West politics is moving inexorably against the APC.
          Many Lagosians are increasingly fed up with the APC. Babatunde Raji Fashola’s
          marauding brigadiers have become a terror to the people. They seem to be maliciously
          intent on squeezing the life out of the man-in-the-street. The APC government in Lagos state
          is likely to be swept away by the same politics of “stomach infrastructure” that it
          derides to its cost in Ekiti.“

          ………..Femi Aribisala

          (Essay on Yoruba politics)

          (July 15th, 2014)

        • Yunus Islam

          I just want you to know that Islam is a religion of peace and goes against killing of anyone whether Muslim or Non-muslim and Allah says “There is no compulsion in religion, truth stands clear from error ” (Baqara 2:256) and also the Qur’an says ” If anyone kills any person(whether Muslim or Non-muslim) except for murder or for creating mischief in the land it is as though he has killed the whole of humanity and if anyone saved any life it is as though he has saved the whole of humanity” (Al-Ma’idah 5:32). This statement is no where to be found in any religious scripture on the face of the earth except the Qur’an and even the Bible permits the women to be modest and covered as said by 1 Timothy 2:9. Because its prevents them from being molested as said by by the holy Qur’an (Nur 24: 30-31)

  • Encore

    “The Action Congress (AC) party in Yorubaland – now morphed as APC,
    is an on-going insult against Yoruba Christians. Since its formation in 2002,
    the ACN/APC party has NEVER fielded a Christian as governorship candidate
    in any of the six (6) Yoruba states of the South-West.”

    ……Deacon Rotimi Ayanlaja

    (October 16, 2014)

    • Biola Johnson (Lekki)

      The current list of the governorship candidates APC offers is as follows:

      · Alhaji Femi Hamzat

      · Alhaji Adeyemi Ikuforiji

      · Alhaji Ganiyu Solomon

      · Alhaji Supo Shasore

      • Seemeseetrouble

        Yoruba Christians have no stake in APC party anymore than Biblical Prophet Elijah
        could have had a stake in aiding an Islamic state in old Israel. As a divisive Islamic
        party in a multi-religious Yoruba society, APC is the worst political mistake the Yoruba
        ever made.

        • Aliyu

          “The soul of the APC is lost. It cannot be touched or seen. Some people want to pocket the party and that is why its constitution is yet to see the light of day. The APC make-up itself is political fraud. There is no management at any level of APC.”

          “We cannot see ourselves belonging to a platform where we are to be in the pocket of others.
          After six months, there is still no APC structure found anywhere. We cannot belong to such a party
          where a caricature of management is all there is. We challenge the leadership of APC to tell us
          why the Constitution and manifestos of the party are not found on the streets of Nigeria.”

          ………….Ibrahim Shekarau

          (ex Governor of Kano state and APC Founding Leader)

          February 10th, 2014

  • Words on Marble

    “The nonsense notion that the Koran makes a dressing compulsory is argued
    as overriding whatever the national constitution of a country says.
    Yet, Muslims do not concede the same right to Christians to invoke that same argument.
    Nigerian Muslims do not accept that Christians should likewise impose their own doctrinal directive
    on any and all laws – including the Koran, since both the Koran and the Holy Bible cannot be
    supreme at the same time without one cancelling out the other.
    This simple logic which incredibly seems to escape Nigeria’s mostly emotive and
    un-thinking Muslims – makes their irresponsible agitations closer to treason than to anything
    sounding in civic responsibility, since Muslims draw no boundary on where the Koran does not
    override the laws and constitution of Nigeria.”

    ……..Kay. H. Shaw
    (October 18, 2014)

    • Fidelis T. Aniagolu

      No matter how Indira Ghandi pleaded and coaxed the Pakistani people to remain
      inside India as common citizens of one indivisible country, it did not work.
      But by the time the illusion of ‘national unity’ cleared not less than one
      million people lay dead in the bloody partition of Muslim Pakistan from Hindu
      India.

      History must not repeat itself inside Nigeria. The Hausa/Fulani/Kanuri north is
      Nigeria’s own Pakistan. There is no need to nurse the illusion that somehow
      Pakistani Muslims could have lived as Indians. There is no need to repeat the
      one million deaths in India inside Nigeria. The Pakistani solution can be
      peacefully done with a flag, a military parade, a farewell handshake, after just
      two signatures. Yoruba Muslims can then join the Islamic Republic, if they want.

      • Sesan

        @ Fidelis:

        Good point, but i think you meant Mahatma Ghandi – not Indira Ghandi.

  • Encore

    “Yoruba Christians have not shown any political intelligence at all. Just
    servile sycophants….telling lies to themselves that Islamic party
    – ACN/APC – is progressive party. I don’t know any other country in this
    world where the Christian community gave their hearts and souls to
    Islamic rule voluntarily. It is amazing! Now they say
    they were deceived, but they were not deceived, the Yoruba Christians were simply too
    naive to think things through.”

    ……………Bolanle
    [October 19, 2014]

    • Andy Umole

      @ Bolanle:

      Yes O! Stupidity has no cure. ACN started out in 2002 wearing an Islamic Hijab.
      But the Yoruba Christians followed ACN like supine sheep en route to slaughter.
      The Christians said they did not know the ACN/APC Islamic Hijab is an Islamic Jihad.
      But now they can see the devastating full-blown effects of Islamic Jihad across their land.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    People will always go the wrong way in interpreting documents. Yes, the Nigerian Constitution guarantees freedom of religion but does it guarantee wearing of hijab? What has wearing of hijab got to do with freedom to practise Islam as a religion? As far as the ruling was concerned it did not affect the 5 cardinal rules of Islam. The ruling has not stopped anybody from practising Islam if that person so wishes! It cannot be argued with any modicum of reason that wearing of the hijab is the only way for a woman to cover up her nakedness. Such argument is just a waste of time. So, please, people should not try to muddle up things or muddy the water. A truly religious person should not be seen as washing the outer part of cup while leaving the inside matted in iniquity.

    • Olukoya Brown

      Thank you tsunami,

      How wearing Islamic Hijab in a public school funded by Christian tax-payers and other non-Muslims became the meaning of ‘freedom of religion’ is something the Muslims must explain to me. It simply doesn’t make any sense or denote fair conduct to other people. The Muslims must be told and re-taught that Nigeria is neither an Islamic nor a Christian State. They are taking liberty for license and disturbing the public peace with all sorts of mis-behaviour, including mass murder of Christians and the burning of churches. I wonder if arson and murder are also included in the Muslims’ ignorant understanding of freedom of religion?

      • Peter Claver

        Maybe Ifa worshippers should go to school in a masquerade attire. Lol!

  • Voice of Reason

    My People

    Qur’an urges its Muslim followers to ‘overpower’ the unbelievers (i.e Christians and traditionalists).

    “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore
    strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” (Koran 8:12),
    “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (unbelief) and religion should
    be only for Allah” [Koran 8:39]. “Fight those who believe not in Allah;
    nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah
    and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth (Islam) –
    even if they are of the People of the Book (i.e Christians) –
    until they pay the Jizya with willing submission,
    and feel themselves subdued.[Koran 9:29].”

    By waging a Jihad, Muslims are promised Islam’s imaginary paradise. But In what way are the Christian “infidels”
    to be overpowered except by violence? You can now see why Boko Haram beheads those who do not subscribe
    to its Jihad. For nothing has changed from the old Fulani marauders led by Uthman Dan Fodio. To try to see this
    latest Jihad by Boko Haram as an isolated event means one is either blind to reality or lacks a sense of history.

    Christians in the South of Nigeria would have themselves to blame if they are lulled to sleep over the mere “wish”
    expressed by liberally minded Muslims – from mostly the Southwest – who ignore the call for “Jihad” in their holy book,
    and instead try to misinterpret their holy book to manufacture evidence for a violent-free Islam.

    • Banidele Ajose

      @ Voice of Reason:

      Ah, yepa, so this is the pure verbatim Islam? Oh, my God! Yoruba Christians are now in big trouble!
      There can be no other Islam than these exact words from the Koran, as practised by Boko Haram.
      Anyone still wondering why Yoruba Muslims are also monopolizing all public offices in Lagos state –
      and insisting now on the Islamic Hijab in public schools can see the Koranic verses flaming the fire.
      It is all part of the Koranic directive to Muslims to overpower Christians until Christians feel subdued.
      My Yoruba people, the barbarians are now at the gates – the bastards in the Yoruba family have grown up.

      • Kakaki

        “What we will never do is continue to live in perpetual slavery in a nation called
        Nigeria that is afflicted with feeble rulers and peopled by religious bigots,
        sexual deviants and bloodthirsty terrorists.”

        “Yet we will eventually take our freedom by force if it is not freely given to us.
        We shall take it by fire; by the shedding of blood and by our own bleeding if
        necessary. We will take it by fire and by sacrificing our lives if that is what
        we are forced to do.”

        …………….Femi Fani-Kayode

        (May 18th, 2014)

        • Peter Alozie

          @ Bamidele:

          To be fair, the Christians are blameless here. The Muslims in Nigeria are the ones on the offensive, without suffering a prior physical attack by any Christian group that might justify Muslims’ reprisals. How Nigerian Christians choose to confront the buffeting pressures from rampaging northern Muslims advancing southwards, and, the Yoruba Muslims rabidly edging out Christians from public office, is entirely up to the Christendom to decide for itself on the legitimate principle of self-defence.

        • Henry Osetorimen

          Lagosians brought home a log of termites – by voting ACN/APC 100% in the State House of Assembly and the executive – and so the Lagosians themselves invited home a scrum of lizards – in terms of these Mujaheedens who saw kindred Islamist spirits in total control of the Lagos state government.

          • Peter Sodeke

            “If Nigeria were to fissure along religious lines, the Yoruba would become a minority
            in a Hausa-dominated North and in an Igbo-dominated South and will also likely
            face the prospect of internal fratricide if Yoruba Muslims and Christians
            fought each other.”

            “The Yoruba recognize that they would suffer from inter-religious conflict more than
            any other ethnic group in the country since they are religiously mixed, while
            two other large ethnic groups – the Igbo and the Hausa – are almost uniformly
            Christian and Muslim”.

            …………………………Jacob Zenn

            Public Analyst Washington D.C

            (August 2012)

    • Public Records

      “Under Islamic law, jizya or jizyah (Arabic: جزية‎ ǧizyah]; is a per capita tax levied on a
      section of an Islamic state’s non-Muslim subjects who meet certain
      criteria. The tax is and was to be levied on (all) able-bodied adult males of
      military age, but with specific exemptions.”

      …………Wikipedia

      • Olatunde Leigh

        Any little child in any other part of Nigeria knows there’s an ongoing Islamic Jihad in Nigeria. The only group of people who do NOT know this simple fact are the Yoruba Christians in the South-West (having the
        highest number of professors, doctorates and university graduates) but who throng, en masse, behind an Islamic party, APC. How my people perish for lack of knowledge!

        • Encore

          “Christians in the South of Nigeria would have themselves to
          blame if they are lulled to sleep over the mere “wish”
          expressed by liberally minded Muslims – from mostly the
          Southwest – who ignore the call for “Jihad” in their holy book,
          and instead try to misinterpret their holy book to
          manufacture evidence for a violence-free Islam.”

          ……..Voice of Reason

      • Toun

        Ah, ah, I have said it. There is no difference at all between APC party and Boko Haram.
        They are both working for the same Muslims’ objective of an Islamic State of Nigeria.

        • Freethinker

          Toun:

          There are audible clamours to divide the country because genocide against
          Christians and non-Muslims in Nigeria is sufficient enough diplomatic ground.
          India was partitioned by the international community into separate countries,
          because genocide is evil. Genocide annuls national unity and frees nationals
          targeted by genocide from further obligations as fellow citizens. The G7 of rich
          countries should assess the pros of a partition of Nigeria for international peace.

  • Words on Marble

    “Any little child in any other part of Nigeria knows there’s an ongoing
    Islamic Jihad in Nigeria.

    The only group of people who do NOT know this
    simple fact are Yoruba Christians in the

    South-West (having the highest
    number of professors, doctorates and university graduates),
    but who
    throng, en masse, behind an Islamic party, APC.

    How my people perish for
    lack of knowledge!”

    ……………..Olatunde Leigh

  • Public Records

    “Any little child in any other part of Nigeria knows there’s an ongoing
    Islamic Jihad in Nigeria. The only group of people who do NOT know this
    simple fact are Yoruba Christians in the South-West (having the highest
    number of professors, doctorates and university graduates), but who
    throng, en masse, behind an Islamic party, APC. How my people perish for
    lack of knowledge!”

    • Weydem

      @ Public Records:

      Islamization is the policy of the APC party and Bola Ahmed Tinubu is
      the arrowhead of that Islamization policy in Yorubaland – with Alhaji
      Raji Fashola as a foot-soldier. In reaction, Christians had met in
      mid-2013 at a plenary conference in Lagos and resolved to reject APC in
      2015 (for emplacing Islamic rule in Lagos state) and instead vote en
      masse for a Christian governorship candidate of any other political
      party.

      • Encore

        “The nonsense notion that the Koran makes a dressing compulsory is argued
        as overriding whatever the national constitution of a country says.
        Yet, Muslims do not concede the same right to Christians to invoke that same argument.
        Nigerian Muslims do not accept that Christians should likewise impose their own doctrinal directive
        on any and all laws – including the Koran, since both the Koran and the Holy Bible cannot be
        supreme at the same time without one cancelling out the other.
        This simple logic which incredibly seems to escape Nigeria’s mostly emotive and
        un-thinking Muslims – makes their irresponsible agitations closer to treason than to anything
        sounding in civic responsibility, since Muslims draw no boundary on where the Koran does not
        override the laws and constitution of Nigeria.”

        ……..Kay. H. Shaw
        (October 18, 2014)

        • Kunle Durotoye

          Dear Editor:

          We don’t know where this is going. Nobody knows when it will end or how.
          Nigeria has become a dangerous place to live in. Its governments don’t have
          a solution because both state governments and the federal government
          in Abuja are not united to solve this Islamism problem. The national army itself
          appears dis-united to fight Boko Haram as a common enemy. Nigeria is in deep trouble.

          • Chuck

            This Islamic stain has alienated Christians from APC and possibly undone Bola Tinubu
            – who can no longer be accepted by an already sullied Muhammadu Buhari as a
            running mate on a joint ticket of fanatics.

      • No Comment

        “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore
        strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” (Koran 8:12),
        “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (unbelief) and religion should
        be only for Allah” [Koran 8:39]. “Fight those who believe not in Allah;
        nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah
        and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth (Islam) –
        even if they are of the People of the Book (i.e Christians) –
        until they pay the Jizya with willing submission,
        and feel themselves subdued.[Koran 9:29].”

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