Muslim group pledges support for any candidate that supports hijab in Lagos schools

An Islamic group, Joint Muslim Forum, has declared that its members would support any Lagos governorship candidate that supports the use of hijab in public schools.

The group stated this on Thursday at a press briefing to react to the judgement of a Lagos High Court that the hijab (female Muslim head covering) is illegal in Lagos school.

Under its “SLOGAN FOR LAGOS 2015: ‘NO HIJAB, NO VOTE”, the group said “the Muslims of Lagos State have no alternative than to use what they have to get what they want.”

“We have resolved to give our votes to any candidate from any political party who is ready to grant us religious freedom,” it said.

The group listed various cases which it described as instances of injustice to female Muslim students in Lagos to present its case.

It also cautioned against the demand that the next Lagos governor, who would emerge in 2015, must be of a particular religion.

“Our stand is that candidates should emerge on the basis of merit and demonstrated capacity and capability to move Lagos State forward and consolidate on the existing level of development,” it said.

See the full press statement below.

TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE JOINT MUSLIM FORUM (JMF) ON THE RULING ON HIJAB AND THE DEMAND OF LAGOS CHRISTIANS FOR A CHRISTIAN GOVERNOR
HELD AT THE RAHMAT ISLAMIYAH HALL, IKEJA, ON THURSDAY, 23RD OCTOBER, 2014

Distinguished guests, leaders of Islamic organisations present, Brothers and Sisters in Islam, Gentlemen of the press, As-Salaam Alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu. I welcome you to this press briefing on behalf of the Joint Muslim Forum (JMF). JMF is a Muslim, non-governmental and non-profit organization with no political affiliations but serves as a platform for several well-meaning and progressive Muslim Organizations in Lagos State.

You are all aware of the agitation of Muslims in the South-West for their female children to be allowed to use hijab in public schools. This is a yearning propelled by religious obligation as the Qur’an commands all female Muslims to use hijab.

As part of the background, we must also remind you of the inhuman treatments meted out to female Muslim students by Christian teachers over the hijab saga. On February 5, 2013, an 11 year-old student, Aisha Alabi of Kadara Junior High School, Ebute Metta, was given 43 lashes of the cane on the school’s assembly ground for not removing her hijab after an Islamic Religious Knowledge class where the veil is allowed. It is our contention that 43 lashes for an 11 year-old is the height of inhumanity.

Another student, Bareerah Tajudeen of Mafoluku Senior Grammar School, Oshodi, on February 20, last year, had her hijab removed and trampled on by the school principal, Mrs. Elizabeth Omidele. This act of religious apartheid occurred outside the school premises, not within the school compound.

These are just two of several cases of religious persecution which Christian teachers unleash on female Muslim students in Lagos State. To add salt to injury, The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, in a press conference addressed on Tuesday, 14th May, 2013 placed a ban on the use of hijab and head scarf by female Muslim pupils in public schools in Lagos State. She stated that Muslims who want their children to use hijab should take their children to Muslim private schools. This was a highly provocative pronouncement.

Instead of taking the law into their hands, the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) took the matter to court seeking to vacate the ban placed on hijab by the state government.

Justice Modupe Onyeabor in a suit filed against the government by the MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit, through their lawyer, Chief Gani Adetola-Kazeem (SAN), held that the ban was not discriminatory. The judge held that Nigeria’s ‘secular’ nature as provided by Section 10 of the Constitution must be preserved by the government.

With this pronouncements, Justice Onyeabor has simply demonstrated to all and sundry that the tragedy of the Nigerian judiciary lies in the runaway nature of justice in Nigeria. This is a travesty of justice. This judge has ruled against natural law. Nigeria is not a secular state but a multi-religious one and no section of the constitution declares Nigeria as a secular state. In fact the word ‘secular’ is not in our constitution.

How can our case be dismissed when there are precedents? It is on record that the High Court of Lagos State relied on sections 38 and 42 of the Constitution in Suit No ID/424M/2004 – Fatimoh Abidemi Rasak & 3Ors Vs Commissioner for Health, Lagos State & 2Ors to shoot down and declare unconstitutional a circular issued by the Lagos State School of Health Technology banning the students from wearing hijab.

Again in the Court of Appeal in Ilorin in the case of “The Provost, Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin Vs Bashirat Saliu in suit number CA/IL/49/2009 ruled that “the use of veil by female Muslims qualifies as a fundamental right under section 38 of the constitution”.

The ruling on the MSSN Hijab case is therefore illogical, inexplicable and a total miscarriage of justice. The learned judge erred by averring that hijab creates a sense of inferiority in those who do not use it. It is laughable. How can the hijab used by a Muslim student give others inferiority complex? Should those who want hijab therefore remain perpetually under oppression and lack of religious freedom?

JMF has posers for the Lagos State Government (LASG) on the hijab affair. Why is it that on one hand the state claims to promote girl-child education and on the other hand openly discriminates against female Muslim students whose crime is the wearing of hijab to school? Is LASG aware that even in UK, US and other Western countries (except France) where Muslims are in the minority, the female Muslim students in public schools are allowed to wear hijab?

Is LASG aware that Ekiti State by circular No. EK/SSG/01/375 of 12th December, 2013 has permitted female Muslim pupils in public schools to use hijab? Governor Kayode Fayemi is a Christian and Muslims constitute only about 40% of the state’s population. Lagos has a Muslim governor. Lagos has a preponderant Muslim population and Muslims in the state have been asking Lagos government to approve hijab for female Muslim children for years. This is the paradox called LASG! Or is Ekiti part of Saudi Arabia?

LASG must explain to Nigerians why hijab is acceptable on school uniforms in the whole of Northern Nigeria, Ekiti, Oyo and Osun states but it is an anathema in Lagos. How many constitutions do we operate in Nigeria? Lagos has simply become the epicentre of religious stigmatisation against Muslims. One must ask for how long will the fragile peace last? Lagos may be sitting on a keg of gunpowder.

Hijab is a religious duty for Muslim women and failure to use it is a sin against Allah. Any employer who stigmatizes or victimizes a Muslim woman on account of her wearing hijab has also violated her Allah-given fundamental human right.

Victimization of a Muslim woman for using hijab constitutes a breach of Section 38 (i) & (ii) of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution. The African Union Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights proclaims in Article 4, Clause 1 & 2 that “Human beings are inviolable. Every human being shall be entitled to respect for his life and the integrity of his person.” Nigeria is a signatory to this charter.

The provisions of Article 18 of the United Nations Charter and Articles 9 and 14 of the European Treaty of Human Rights and Articles 18 and 19 of the Treaty of Civil and Political Rights also criminalise religious profiling.

What the Muslims are demanding in the issue of hijab is their Allah-given fundamental human right. They are not asking anyone to put hijab on Christian pupils. They want to dress the way the Qur’an commands them. Freedom of religion is one of the civil liberties enjoyed in a civilized society. Lagos should not deny this religious right. Hijab is used on school uniform in Britain and Ireland. Female Muslim police use hijab on their uniform. That is true liberalism and advanced democracy.

It is stigma for anyone to hate the sight of Muslims or to claim that the sight of Muslim pupils in hijab is capable of causing religious crisis. The fact of the matter is that the current uniform used in schools is Christian uniform imposed on Nigerians by Christian colonial masters. It suits Christian culture and that is why Christians are not complaining. But it constitutes a violent assault on the psyche of true and practicing Muslims. That is why Muslims are complaining. But will LASG want to be seen as imposing Christian culture on Muslims and denying the latter of their well-deserved dividend of democracy?

We are aware of secret agreements between Christian leaders and certain foreign powers. They have pledged to enforce Christian culture on Muslim children through education. They also vowed never to allow any Islamic landmark in the Nigerian society but to vigorously sustain Christian values and to force same on Muslim children so that Islam may eventually be eliminated in Nigeria.

JMF seeks to know the true democrats. Where does LASG stand? On the side of religious freedom or on the side of the oppressors? It is unfortunate that by its actions and utterances, LASG has not only willingly become a tool in the hands of the villains, but it has become an active participant in the brutal assault on the liberty of Muslims in Lagos State.

We call the attention of the judiciary and indeed other stakeholders to the fact that so many states in Nigeria allow the use of Hijab in public schools and this has not been known or reported to destroy uniformity sought by government in the issuance of dress code. We wonder how Lagos State’s case is different.

We call on the state government to voluntarily ignore the judgement and uphold the right of female Muslim students by issuing directive to school heads and principals to allow use of hijab to students who subscribe to its use. In this way the government would have shown that it is father to all and does not alienate any section of the community. This step does not in any way offend the so-called Nigeria’s secular nature as provided for in Section 10 of the Constitution.

We hasten to remind the government that the judgement if implemented is capable of creating avoidable tension and crisis and thereby destroy the peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance which the state currently enjoys. We are not in doubt whatsoever that some overzealous teachers, school heads and principals will take full advantage of the judgement to taunt and victimise female Muslim students as witnessed in the recent past.

SLOGAN FOR LAGOS 2015: ‘NO HIJAB, NO VOTE’:
Having been pushed to the wall, the Muslims of Lagos State have no alternative than to use what they have to get what they want. Election fever has gripped politicians as we draw near February 2015. We have resolved to give our votes to any candidate from any political party who is ready to grant us religious freedom. We will vote for those who will approve the use of hijab in schools no matter what their political affiliation. This suffering is too much. LASG treats Muslims with disdain. Enough is enough. Our slogan for LAGOS 2015 is therefore: NO HIJAB, NO VOTE!

THE CALL FOR A CHRISTIAN GOVERNOR IN LAGOS:
It is no longer news that a selfish and misguided section of our Christian brothers have called for a Christian Governor in Lagos State come 2015. The overwhelming majority of Lagosians and well meaning citizens have rejected this divisive and parochial call noting that it is an undemocratic and disgraceful desperation for power which raises questions about the motive behind such call.

We at JMF reiterate our total rejection of such campaign and call on Lagosians to reject any candidate that emerges (from any of the political parties) on account of subterranean or disguised religious sponsorship. We enjoin Lagosians once again not to allow mediocrity and religious sentiment to becloud their sense of reasoning in the choice of the candidate they will elect to govern the state.

What should be uppermost in the mind of all is the development of the state and the welfare and security of all Lagosians. Merit and demonstrated capacity to govern must be the criteria to determine the next governor of the state.

Lagos is a peaceful state with religious harmony. Lagosians should be weary and distant themselves from selfish pseudo politicians (in religious guise) who want to create hatred and disaffection among them through religious sentiment. We condemn this backward and retrogressive approach to political power and call on the people to be vigilant.

We also want to alert Lagosians that in spite of this condemnation by well meaning citizens of Lagos State, the proponents of a Christian Governor did not desist. They appear bent on creating religious crisis and disharmony in the state. They have carried their campaign to the major political parties and have “anointed” candidates for the parties. We call on all party supporters and Lagosians in general to be vigilant. We ask them to reject any candidate foisted on them on the basis of religious sentiment irrespective of political party platform.

We also alert unsuspecting Lagosians that the antics of these self seeking religious bigots and individuals are not limited to the political parties and religious platforms but include traditional rulers’ platform, the social media, bogus skill acquisition, employment /empowerment deceit, financial inducement otherwise known as stomach infrastructure, “free” medical check up and treatment, and all kinds of tactics. Beware and be warned.

It is also very sad and unfortunate that some of our Muslim brothers and we dare say sisters have fallen prey to these antics and have started to position themselves to take advantage of this retrogressive idea.

Let it be put on record that Lagos State Muslims did not at any time nor in any forum accept the call for a Christian Governor not to talk of endorsing or adopting any Muslim Candidate as Deputy Governor. We, the Muslims of Lagos State dissociate ourselves completely from this embarrassing, misleading and deceptive quest for “political power” through the back door.

We remain committed to democratic norms and principles in the election of governor for Lagos State. Our stand is that candidates should emerge on the basis of merit and demonstrated capacity and capability to move Lagos State forward and consolidate on the existing level of development. We are for the steady development, security, peace and welfare of Lagosians irrespective of the religious affiliation of governorship election candidates. We will educate our people and all Lagosians and pitch our tent behind any candidate from any party or from any religion who emerges to contest governorship election in the State on the basis of merit and not because he or she was anointed or sponsored on religious affinity or God-fatherism.

As a matter of fact we Muslims in Lagos State are the ones who truly deserve to call for a True Muslim Governor. It is on record that the so-called Muslim Governors that have governed the state since 1999 have never supported any Muslim cause. On the contrary, Muslims have suffered discrimination both in terms of actions and policies of the state. There is no single policy of the state that has favoured the Muslims or put Muslims in any advantage beyond other non-Muslims.

The list of such anti-Islam policies and actions are endless with the education of our children being the most adversely affected.

As we speak today, none of the six Tutors General in the state is a Muslim despite the gentleman agreement to balance such appointments at the commencement of the policy. Same is true of most other appointments in spite of the fact that qualified and deserving Muslims are available in large numbers. Furthermore and in spite of international best practices which allows the use of hijab, female Muslims in the state are asked to remove their hijab in ‘documentation’ offices where their pictures are required. Failure to do so could jeopardise their access to statutory rights.

We use the opportunity of this press conference to call on Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN and his government to promote religious harmony in the state and reverse the discriminatory policies of his government against the Muslims who have given him and his administration support and demonstrated goodwill for peaceful co-existence even in the face of blatant provocations. Specifically, we call on him to follow or even go beyond the example of Ekiti State by enacting laws which forbid all forms of discriminations against Muslims in the cause of upholding the tenets and practises of their religion.

Hijab must be allowed in schools and workplaces including hospitals. Morning assembly prayers in schools must be standardised and not left to the whims and caprices of the Head Teacher or Principal. Arabic and Islamic Religious Knowledge teachers must be employed to teach the subjects in schools. Muslim Science students should not be prevented from taking Islamic Studies. Hijirah holiday must be declared just like Osun State. Coroner law must be amended to allow Muslims to claim their corpses for burial without delay. Cremation of corpses must stop.

Shariah division must be created in the judiciary for Muslims who wish to opt for Shariah legal system. Political appointments and promotions should be fair and balanced, state sponsored decoration of streets and highways in preparation for Christmas including Countdown to the Gregorian New Year Day must either stop or extended to Muslim festivals as well, and Friday must be declared as HALF WORK and HALF SCHOOL day to enable Muslims attend Jumat service with their family. In short we call on the government to establish parity.

We also restate that the JMF is non- political, and not for profit organisation. We are not terrorists. We are not arsonists. We promote peace. We abhor violence. We despise terrorism and aggression. Our methodology is Dialogue and Prayer. Our permanent INTEREST is freedom of worship and justice for all.

For the avoidance of doubt, our purpose here today is not to reiterate the marginalisation and discrimination against Muslims in the state per se, but to call on all and sundry to dissociate themselves and reject any governorship candidate that may emerge from any of the political parties on the basis of religion or anointed sponsorship. Let candidates put themselves forward and freely canvass for support without any form of religious interference.

I thank you for honouring our invitation. Allah Bless You All.


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  • Jones

    …….The Koranic Verses Islamists Mis-use:

    “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].”

    …………………………………

    “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.”

    • Swagger

      All hail your insight and logic! I’m wondering how you arrived at the above: Koranic verses Islamists “Mis-use”. Really? Do they MISUSE it, isn’t that what Islam is all about? Isn’t that what Mohammed exhort them to do? Or is there another understanding of this?

      • H. Shaw

        @ Swagger:

        Don’t mind him, you are absolutely right. Islam does not pretend about its murderous discrimination.
        The nonsense notion that the Koran makes a dressing compulsory is argued as overriding whatever
        the national constitution of Nigeria says. Yet, these Muslims do not concede the same right to Christians
        to invoke that same argument.

        In other words, 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.

        • Uche

          “The murderous struggle for an Islamic State of Nigeria by Nigerian Muslims
          is the main cause of Nigeria’s crisis today. Solve that and you’ll solve everything.
          Until this treasonous Islamism is defeated – by force, if necessary – Nigeria will
          not know peace.”

          “It is clear by now that the All Progressives Congress (APC), and, Boko Haram militias
          are joined in the hip in pursuit of this same toxic idea of Islamism. That explains why
          the Islamic APC party has NEVER chosen a Yoruba Christian as governorship
          candidate in any of the six [6] states of Nigeria’s South-West.”

          …………..Weydem

          (October 21, 2014)

  • Jones

    Dear Editor Premium Times:

    I wish to salute your courage in giving vent to the position of the Muslims in Lagos. They should be heard out.
    No aspect of a democracy must be shrouded in secrecy, not least this Hijab political demand as privilege.
    It cannot be supported or opposed unless it is first understood with the arguments advanced for and against.
    Thank you for upholding the freedom of speech in Nigeria where debates are either cramped or squelched

    First of all, Islam is incompatible with democracy, as a general principle, because Islam denies equality of humanity.
    Islam exhorts its followers to behead and continue to kill non-Muslims as compulsory religious obligation (Koran 8:12).

    Ditto, Islam expressly freedom of speech to non-Muslims and denies non-Muslims freedom of their own religion.
    In principle and in practice, Islam is the exact opposite of democracy, indeed; the very anti-thesis of human freedom.

    That is why in all of history, and till today, there is no Muslim country flourishing as a democracy – not one in this world.
    For that reason, a sensible discussion of democracy cannot be feasibly bracketed with Islam as incompatible notions.
    He who foists Islam on a state denies democracy in tandem, since the indefeasible rule of a Caliph violates the rule of law.
    The equality of humanity is the starting point of democracy – but that is what Islam forbids and bloodily fights against today.

    • Public Records

      ‘WE ARE BORN TO RULE AS YORUBA MUSLIMS’

      “[On this clamour for a Christian as Lagos state governor]…. we should not introduce something that will start affecting the consciousness of the people. We shouldn’t put in the people’s consciousness what they were not thinking about before. Even if you look at it closely, you will find that the dominant people in Lagos state are Muslims”.

      ……..Alhaji Tola Kasali

      (Lagos Commissioner for Rural Affairs under Bola Tinubu)
      [October 25th, 2014]

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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Stay at home then!

    Those who are not bothered about religious dogmas and are more interested in socio-economic wellbeing would go out and do the needful.

    By the way, how many Yoruba Muslims do you think will follow this foolishness?

    To start with, both BAT and BRF are Muslims and I am sure they would laugh at your puerile position.

    • Remmy Taire

      IS THE ACN OR THE APC AN ISLAMIST PARTY?

      The Action Congress of Nigeria [ACN] which last year morphed as APC
      has NEVER presented a Christian as governorship candidate in Yorubaland.
      So, the question is: why did APC never do so? Alhaji Lai Mohammed –
      the APC Spokesman – said it is because APC chooses its candidates ‘on merits’.
      So, what does Lai Mohammed’s explanation mean?

      Very simple, it means as far as APC is concerned, Yoruba Christians have no merits
      to hold top government posts but they could be appointed either as assistants to Muslim overlords
      or as Commissioners taking instructions from a Muslim governor.

      Fact two: APC was formed with 100% Muslim national executives and registered as such with INEC –
      the National Electoral Commission. What does this second fact mean? Very simple, it means
      morning shows the day. Not only does APC consider Yoruba Christians useless, APC; also by starting
      out with 100% Muslims as interim national executives, invariably deems all Christians in Nigeria worthless.

      In the light of these two clear facts the next logical question is this: “What is an Islamist Party?”
      Very simple – again. An Islamist Party is an association registered as a political party but which internally
      decides the question of ‘merits’ for its members based solely on Islam by pre-judging every non-Muslim;
      and in particular a Christian member, as un-qualified for top government position on its party platform.
      Therefore, is APC an Islamist Party? The answer is, yes!

      • No Comment

        “The serious-minded advice is to assess the pros of constituting
        a totally separate Islamic State of Nigeria in the north-west, and, the
        north-east of Nigeria. No one’s rights will be violated by it. That’s the
        solution. Christians in those northern areas will then be legally entitled to
        settlement lands in the Christian State of Nigeria where the resident southern
        Muslims still desiring domination, or yearning for an Islamic state, will
        reciprocally be entitled to lands in the north-east or north-west, under the
        settlement terms of a deed of partition.”

        ……………Dr. Mackay

        [October 24, 2014]

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        lol, Remmy Taire.

        You propose and oppose your own verbosity with so much fecundity of verbiage, I am tempted to laugh and roll on the floor!

        You started off by claiming ACN was one of the parties that morphed into APC and thenceforth, you ascribed the part fully to the whole!

        Do you not think such breathtaking recklessness exposes you as, shall we state, intellectually defective?

        • Duro

          @Kay Soyemi:-

          I beg don’t mind, Remmy Taire. He is blind. He cannot see.
          He does not know that Bola Ahmed Tinubu is actually a born-again Christian.
          He does not know that Raji Fashola is actually a Catholic church militant.
          If he doesn’t know these two basic facts, what else can he ever know in his life?

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Think you are being funny, Duro.

            “Religion is the opium of the masses; the sob of the oppressed”

            There was a reason Karl Marx stated that.

            Release your spiritual shackles and bondage!

          • Bigzy

            Religion used to be the opium of the masses, until their followers grew fangs and started killing non-believers, the very antithesis of a man under opiate sedation.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Thanks, Bigzy.

        • Professor Ishaq Akintola

          Agents of neoimperialism are trying to divert attention from the targential to the peripherial. Hijab is a religious duty and anyone who opposes it is simply intolerant and a Muslim hater. Hijab is also a constitutional right and allergy to it is a breach of Allah-given fundamental human right. Why dont you let the Muslims be Muslims? Why do you compel Muslim children to wear Christian school uniforms? Your goal is to convert Muslim children to Christianity. Your goal is to perpetually enslave the Muslims. Let those candidates dare us. They will pay heavily at the polls. NO HIJAB NO VOTE.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            “Why do you compel Muslim children to wear Christian school uniforms?” – Prof. Akintola.

            Haba Professor!

            Your whole post is not only hilarious, but comes across as intolerant.

            To start with, you made claims about “agents of neocolonialism” or imperialism and alluded that to be Christianity! That is truly breathtaking and emotive, rather than scholarly. As a typical Yoruba man, I am privileged to be rooted in both religions brought in by our conquerors. I have also made it a point to study both, as well as African Traditional Religion (ATR) as formal courses of study at University level, so I am better informed about my opinions on this topic. I doubt you did that, Sir. Or simply that you have so much studied your preferred religion to the detriment of being able to now hold a balanced view on religion i.e climbing the tree beyond the leafs!

            I practice Christianity and have absolutely no bias against Islam. As a matter of fact, the Imam of my local mosque in Agege – a graduate of Moricas – just came back from his first trip to Mecca. For the sake of humility, I will not lay claim to that achievement, but to the glory of God. The same mosque daily draws its water from my (proper) borehole and we are looking at extending same to the mosque at Odo-Eran in Agbado/Agric area. So where do I become a “Muslim hater”?

            Prof, for your elucidation, both Christianity and Islam are the religions of those who killed, conquered and enslaved us. So, therefore, I am no longer prepared to call one names just to embrace the other! I am comfortable with my conscience and self in relating to all religion and have gone beyond seeing people from religious prisms – they are either good or bad – and so should you, Prof.

            The uniform in schools is to ensure the uniformity of appearances among school children and all adults desiring a homogenous and tolerant society needs to embrace any principle that does not celebrate or emphasise our differences! Faith is a personal thing of the mind and should be allowed to become a flag that you wave about; least of all, among our children.

            Lastly, Prof., this is Yorubaland, where I am certain you grew up and became what you aspired to become after obtaining “neocolonial” Western Education and without any of your female siblings wearing the Hijab to school. If it did not impede you in those years and did not cause any rancour then, perhaps you would be kind enough to explain to us why it should be so now?

            Thank you.

          • Professor Ishaq Akintola

            Western education leads people by the nose. Ask genuine activists and nationalists. The colonial master will never teach you what will benefit your country. It benefits Christianity though. So why shouldnt Muslims demand freedom?

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          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            My dear Sir.

            You are not being rational, but too emotionally subjective.

            If you chose to rail against Western education, that is your prerogative. That you chose to replace it with Arabo-Islamic dominance is also your choice, but if your ultimate goal is to emphasise your religious inclination by importing a strange culture and Arabic mode of dressing and super-imposing it on our culture, you have a long way to go.

            You claim Muslims “demand freedom” but failed to tell us from what or whom? What I equally find disconcerting about your seeming lack of focus is how making girls wear Hijabs and marking them as separate and different from others is synonymous to freedom!

            I am not being funny here, but it looks like the next thing you would be screaming for as “freedom” is the right to chop off limbs in a secular society like ours!!

            By the way, why do I get the feeling that the sands would continuously shift under your position?

          • Professor Ishaq Akintola

            Looks like dialogue with the deaf, right? We dont seem to be getting along. Good day.

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          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            You are right, this is a dialogue with the dumb!

            I should be whispering down a well. At least, I would get a more intelligent echo coming back at me instead of pre-recorded BS* that you are spewing.

            Your shallowness is rapidly exposed once you are forced to deviate off your well-rehearsed demagoguery and face the pedestrian nature of your posturing.

            My only sorrow, and regrets, are for those who would unwittingly have passed through your tutelage of “copy and paste” lecturing in the hope of getting a degree.

          • Bigzy

            This has been a masterful attempt to keep those who will have us divided along religious lines engaged. It is the only way to expose the shallowness of their argument. Well done.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Many thanks, Bigzy.

            My only regret is that he parades himself as “Professor” and he is likely to be going around brainwashing impressionable minds in Yorubaland and elsewhere.

            WhileI believe in religious tolerance and would actually go out of my way to support any faith, his type are the ones our security services should place on watch perpetually.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            By the way, Bigzy.

            I know we both have our differences of opinion, but I give you maximum respect for your stance on this pseudo-intellectual whose purpose was to seek further division among Nigerians on religious grounds.

            If he likes, let him stay at home and not vote. He and his type will not be missed.

          • Bigzy

            Same here.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Shame, the Professor ran away from a debate!

            Wonder how your thesis and dissertations were defended?

            Good luck to you, sha!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            “Hijab is also a constitutional right and allergy to it is a breach of Allah-given fundamental human right.”

            By the way, Prof, there is no such thing as “Allah-given fundamental human right”. Nobody was born wearing a suit and tie, iro and buba and definitely none born wearing the Hijab either!

            As to the “fundamental human right” you alluded to, can I refer you to a study of the Magna Carta?

          • Professor Ishaq Akintola

            How can you understand? Only the deep can call to the deep.

            ——————————

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Prof., don’t be cryptic!

            I have raised sanguine matters to counter what I felt were shallow premises upon which you have based your earlier point.

            Debate, is a scholarly hallmark.

            Please do not run away from this exchange. Make me understand if you feel I am not deep enough.

          • Professor Ishaq Akintola

            You refused to understand when I said the current school uniform is Christian uniform. Where did it come from? Was this not the uniform designed by the colonial masters? What was the religion of the colonial master? Was it not Christianity? Muslims are not comfortable with the uniform and they are complaining. Shouldnt we listen? ?

            ——————————

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            So, in your enlightened state of mind, we should simply replace one with another?

            Both Christianity and Islam are the religions of our conquerors and colonial masters – in case you are not aware, or chose to ignore it, the Arabs were the first to trade Africans as slaves across the Sahara. This continued from its first trade in the 7th Century right up till the Trans-Saharan Slave Trade was superseded by the Trans-Saharan Slave Trade. The trans-Saharan Slave trade did not end because of “Islamic Compassion” but simply because there was a more lucrative direction for the trade!

            You claim that Western education “leads people by the nose”. This is a personal opinion of yours that I am sure quite a number of others would not share.

            But wait, Sir. How would you then describe Islam which insists that all adherents and faithfuls must adhere by tenets written circa one thousand four hundred plus years ago?

            Leading by the tail?

          • Bigzy

            What utter nonsnse emanating from a so called Prof! There has never been a Christian School uniform and you should know this. With this level of activism, you and your ilk will soon be forcing all children in the country to wear Islamic apparel. You speak the language of the down trodden, yet you are the one wielding the machete, the daggar and AK47. Religion is a personal matter between one man and his God. Trying to force it down the throats of everyone is simply insufferable.

          • Professor Ishaq Akintola

            We have respect for opinions of others. You may not parti,ularly if to you I am still a so called professor. I rub minds with mature people. For your information the Muslims remain oppressed in this system. Just let us be becqause we are not going to surender .

            ——————————

          • Bigzy

            This is rather peculiar, and I am at a loss as to why you feel oppressed. My doubt about your status is informed by the fact that your statement was reckless, emotional, sweeping and unsupported by any evidence. Hardly what one expects of a mature mind. Bearing in mind the egalitarianism that I see in the Yoruba society, can you please give me some tangible expressions of this oppresion?

          • Professor Ishaq Akintola

            What further proof do you need? Muslim parents demand hijab for their daughters and people like you insist they must continue to use Christian uniform. We are being denied the right to manifest our faith, the right to practice, the right to self-determination.

            ——————————

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Can you please define what you call “Christian Uniform”?

            I am truly beginning to feel that we are not discussing issues with a learned scholar here because the responses coming from you do not appear based on any intellectual premises, but rather on emotional outbursts.

          • Professor Ishaq Akintola

            Sorry you just broke the rule. I will not insult anyone. Neither will I return insult for insult. I will simply quit when you start using unparliamentary words. I wish you good luck. Bye.

            ——————————

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            No, you broke the your own rule when you claimed “only the deep can call to the deep” and by stating that this is a “conversation with the deaf”.

            If you are prepared to insinuate, then be well prepared to accept same in return.

            Do not try to brow beat me because you cannot claim erudite status on a public forum where you do not relate to your students or underlings.

            With all due respects, Babakeu, another forumite, does not claim to be a Professor of Islamic Studies, but I would gain more knowledge from debating a point like this with him.

            That you are prevaricating simply suggest to me, that you are afraid of rubbing minds on a level that is deeper than you are used to.

            Please don’t run away.

            Illuminate “my ignorance” with the “awe of your intellect” instead of resorting to street level rantings. If I want those, I can always go a motor garage or park.

          • Bigzy

            Prof., this is rather unbecoming of a man in your position. Instead of seeking cohesion and a capacity to co-exist, you are exhibiting reactionary tendencies. So for argument sake, let us say this is allowed, then the Christians would also be allowed to wear their Crosses and other religious pendants; those who practice traditional African religion would be allowed to wear their Otumokpo. Knowing Nigerians, some would probably combine either the Cross or the Hijab with their Otumokpo. In your wisdom, where do you think that this would lead us? The original Kalakuta Republic or Sodom and Gomorrah? Where does book work come into the equation?

            When grown-ups who have been entrusted with positions of responsibility speak, they must be measured.

      • King Carlos

        Oga o.. make una fear God o. Is Fayemi a muslim too? Akeredolu nko?

        • Supo

          Alhaji Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state fame is a Muslim; please, and so is Alhaji Akeredolu.

    • eniolataiwo

      Do u av the basic understanding of rights especially when such rights do not encroach on others’ rights. Am embarrassed dat a learned man lyk can av such a pitiful and awful opinion.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        When people fail to reason beyond the tip of their noses, no matter how bulbous it is, there is cause for them to be embarrassed.

        Your opinion is rather myopic and uninformed.

      • Bigzy

        You seem to be in the business of whipping up jiharist tendencies in the Southern Muslims for your own selfish ends. This is never going to work, the people will see you for what you are soon enough and send you packing.

  • Words on Marble

    “Islam is incompatible with democracy as a general principle because Islam denies the equality of humanity. Islam instead exhorts its followers to behead and continue to kill non-Muslims as compulsory religious obligation (Koran 8:12). Islam denies freedom of speech to non-Muslims and denies non-Muslims freedom of their own religion. Islam is the exact opposite of democracy, indeed; the very anti-thesis of human freedom. He who foists Islam on a state denies democracy in tandem, since the indefeasible rule of a Caliph violates the rule of law. The equality of humanity is the starting point of democracy – but that is what Islam forbids and fights against today.”

    • Philip Anani

      @ Words on Marble:

      Global Security Report establishes the existence of Muslim cells in Yorubaland alied to Al Qaeda
      besides the tens of militant fighters of Yoruba origin captured by the Nigerian Army on the battlefield
      as Jihadists in the ranks of Boko Haram.

      When Yoruba Christians wake up from slumber they will realize they are surrounded by the most virulent
      and militant Muslims today. 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 fully 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’.

    • eniolataiwo

      I will want u to quote word for word the quoted verse of d qur’an and tell us the translated version if truly u ain’t a liar. I av bn taken aback with urspecies ignorance bt I realised slavish mentality is at work

  • King Carlos

    But honestly I don’t understand the reason why the LASG is against the use of hijab in Lagos schools. Nigeria is a secular country so people should be allowed to dorn their religious garb in conformity with decency and also not against the law. I will urge the Lagos state government to let the muslim girls use their hijab without any hindrance because it’s a strong tenet of the Islamic religion.

    However, I can’t rule out the role of politics in this. This could be a counter attack strategy on those who clamour for a ‘Christian governor’ in Lagos state. I believe the influence of Lagos muslims is so high in government that they would’ve put enough pressure on the government to rescind the decision.

    Lastly, this muslim group should face the reality that only a tiny fraction of muslims will follow the ‘no hijab no vote’ directive. Elections don’t work that way.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      King Carlos,

      I am for religious freedom, but our freedom stops where it infringes upon others.

      I would prefer that schools remain secular and students “uniform”.

      Anything that proclaims a “difference” to others only emphasises the difference.

      At this point in our development, we should be cautious of going down the slippery slope. Nigerians are not renowned for exhibiting moderation.

  • Christian Youth league

    Dear Editor:

    After 16 years of un-interrupted Muslim rule of Lagos state – from May 1999 to
    May 2015 – a successive Christian governor of Lagos state shall become mandatory
    and non-negotiable to avoid creating by default an Islamic caliphate of Lagos state.

    But just as it is un-acceptable for the Leader of Boko Haram (Mujahedeen Shekahu
    Abubakar)
    to select the Archbishop of Lagos, so it is un-acceptable for Alhaji
    Bola Ahmed Tinubu, or his thick as thieves Islamist satrap – Oba Akiolu of
    Lagos – to endorse or select a successive Christian governor of Lagos state.

    All ploys by both men, as Muslims, to personally choose a successive Christian governor
    is no more than a clever by half exercise in futility which should be ignored and rejected
    by all right-thinking Lagosians. To start with, just as no member of theBoko Haram militia
    – as an Islamic terrorist organization – is acceptable to Christians for any purpose, so is a
    member of the All Progressives Congress (as an Islamist party) un-acceptable to
    the Christian community in Lagos state for 2015 governorship.

    The choice of a successive Christian governor of Lagos state must be on a
    non-Islamist party platform. All Christians in Lagos state shall proceed from
    this first principle. If it will mean voting en masse for the preferred
    Christian candidate on the party platform of a completely new political party,
    so be it.

    The coming governorship election in Lagos state is NOT about political parties. Rather it
    is first of all to remove the cancer of insidious Islamism injected into Lagos
    politics by Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his side-kick; Alhaji Raji Fashola,
    and secondly, to bring both dubious men to justice for theft of portions of the
    $40 billion dollars that Lagos state earned as gross revenues from 1999 till date.

  • Public Records

    ‘WE ARE BORN TO RULE AS YORUBA MUSLIMS’

    “[On this clamour for a Christian as Lagos state governor]…. we should not introduce something that will start affecting the consciousness of the people. We shouldn’t put in the people’s consciousness what they were not thinking about before. Even if you look at it closely, you will find that the dominant people in Lagos stateare Muslims”.

    ……..Alhaji Tola Kasali

    (Lagos Commissioner for Rural Affairs under Bola Tinubu)
    [October 25th, 2014]

    • Encore

      ‘WE ARE BORN TO RULE AS YORUBA MUSLIMS’

      “[On this clamour for a Christian as Lagos state governor]…. we should not introduce something
      that will start affecting the consciousness of the people. We shouldn’t put in the people’s
      consciousness what they were not thinking about before. Even if you look at it closely,
      you will find that the dominant people in Lagos state
      are Muslims”.

      ……..Alhaji Tola Kasali

      (Lagos Commissioner for Rural Affairs under Bola Tinubu)

      [October 25th, 2014]

    • H.Shaw

      The nonsense notion that the Koran makes a dressing compulsory is argued here as overriding whatever

      the national constitution of Nigeria says. Yet, these Muslims do not concede the same right to Christians
      to invoke the same argument.

      In other words, 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.

      • eniolataiwo

        Does d bible override the laws and constitution of nigeria?

        • Bigzy

          Does the Quran?

    • Andy Ejiofor

      Ah, ah, the Jihadists in Yorubaland are now crawling out of the woodwork!
      But misled by naïve pastors, the Christians are instead told from the pulpit
      to close their eyes and wait for Elijah’s chariot of fire to take them to heaven.
      Muslims, meantime, assert a divine right dominate the country and take control
      of the public treasury by coordinating their Jihad as a group.

      Even as they are being targeted and killed like flies, in thousands, each Christian
      only selfishly thinks of his own personal salvation in heaven. And now, for so long
      as this silly mentality persists in Nigerian Christendom it is a matter of time before
      the northern and western regions of Nigeria are overwhelmed to become an Islamic state.

      • Chief Eric. B. Thomas

        @Mr. Andy,

        That’s the point! What is annoying me now is this claimed ‘divine right’ “to dominate” which Alhaji Tola Kasali himself repeated yesterday in a national newspaper, which i myself read, as quoted above. In fact i have never been that angry. Alhaji Tola Kasali said “….even if you look at it closely, you will find that the dominant people in Lagos stateare Muslims”.

        Muslims are the dominant people in Lagos? On what basis? With fewer educated people and lesser number?

        This is the height of collective insult to Yoruba Christians. Now i can see clearly that Islam is the problem – not tribalism or ethnicity. I see that there is no difference between the illiterate Hausa-Fulani Jihadists and the Yoruba Muslims. They are all united in the backward mentality against merits by imposing Islam as the ultimate merits for public office. If Christians do not come together, quickly, to defeat this apartheid in Yorubaland by voting out Islamism in 2015, a religious war may ensue in Yorubaland where Christians are in the majority.

  • Buhari D Sharia Virus

    Islam is terror.

    • Shaw

      @Buhari d Sharia Virus:

      You are absolutely correct in your cute one-line summation of the argument.
      Indeed Islam is terror defined. The nonsense notion that the Koran makes a
      dressing compulsory is argued here as overriding whatever the national
      constitution of Nigeria says. Yet, these Muslims do not concede the same right
      to Christians to invoke that same argument.

      In other words, 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.

    • eniolataiwo

      Do u even understand the literal meaning of terror, bigots.

      • Bigzy

        I think that you should be answering this question you have possed, because it is clear for all to see that all over the world Islam is causing real danger and killing innocents whom they refer to as infidels.

  • Holy Warrior

    ‘WE ARE BORN TO RULE AS YORUBA MUSLIMS’

    “[On this clamour for a Christian as Lagos state governor]…. we should not introduce something
    that will start affecting the consciousness of the people. We shouldn’t put in the people’s
    consciousness what they were not thinking about before. Even if you look at it closely,
    you will find that the dominant people in Lagos state are Muslims”.

    ……..Alhaji Tola Kasali

    (Lagos Commissioner for Rural Affairs under Bola Tinubu)
    [October 25th, 2014]

    • Invitro

      HOW APC REGISTERED WITH INEC AS A POLITICAL PARTY

      1] Party Leader – North, Gen Muhammadu Buhari……(Muslim).
      2] Party Leader – South, Bola Ahmed Tinubu ……… . (Muslim).
      3] National Chairman: Abdulkareem Bisi Akande……. (Muslim)
      4] Deputy National Chairman: Aminu Bello Masari….. (Muslim)
      5] National Secretary: Tijjani Musa Tumsah……………(Muslim)
      6] Deputy National Secretary: Nasir El-Rufai…………(Muslim)
      7] National Publicity Secretary.: Lai Muhammed……….(Muslim)
      8] National Treasurer: Sadiya Umar Faruq…………….(Muslim)
      9] Financial Secretary: Alhaji Shaibu Musa……………(Muslim)
      10] National Youth Leader: Abubakar Lado…………….(Muslim)
      11] National Legal Adviser: Muiz Banire ………………..(Muslim)
      12] National Deputy Auditor: Bala Jibrin…………………(Muslim)
      13] Women Leader: Sharia Ikeazor………………………(Muslim Convert)
      14] Ex-Officio Member: Muniru Muse…………………..(Muslim)
      15]Ex-Officio Member: Alhaji Yemi Sanusi ………….…(Muslim)

      • The APC National Treasurer protested this
      Islamic-biased leadership and resigned.

      • Alkali

        Sharia should be introduced in full across Nigeria. I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria. God willing, we will NOT stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country. It is a legal responsibility which God has given us, within the context of one Nigeria, to continue to uphold the practice of Sharia wholeheartedly. What remains for Muslims in Nigeria is for them to re-double their efforts and educate Muslims on the need to promote the full implementation of Sharia law.

        …………….General Muhammadu Buhari

        (August 27, 2001)

        • Ireti

          Alkali:

          Any little child in any other part of Nigeria knows there’s an on-going 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 rather throng, en masse, behind an Islamic party, APC. How my people perish for lack of knowledge!

          It will take the beheading of an Arch-Bishop to make Yoruba Christians begin to suspect Islamic Jihad.

          My brother, forget it. Christians in Lagos state are not it – no sense, no awareness, no enlightenment. Their Pastors are like them. Can you imagine Christians monopolizing the post of governor in Lagos state for 16 years running with full support by Lagos Muslim Alfas? Impossible. But Christian Pastors are always excited to wave brooms like lunatics in the afternoon behind Islamic Jihadists. The APC Islamism is not hidden. It is done openly. There is Alhaji Abike-Dabiri. Then you have Alhaji Femi Gbajabiamila. Followed by Alhaji Ashafa. And so on and so forth.

          Not only that O! Lagos Muslims simultaneously monopolize both the post of attorney-general and Speaker of Lagos state House of Assembly since 2003. Can I go on? Please stop worrying about Lagos Christians – they are too daft.

          • Lanre Akinsete

            Ireti:

            Yepa! But i hope you are not referring to Professor Yemi Oshibajo –
            – Bola Tinubu’s poodle – as one of those Christian Pastors “…waving
            brooms like lunatics in the afternoon behind Islamic Jihadists”

            because i know that he is a Pastor of the Reedemed Church?

            I am also aware that Professor Yemi Oshibahjo has been making silly
            and laughable arguments in the media of late, saying that the APC
            party
            with 100% Muslims registered with INEC as foundation national
            executives, is not an Islamic party. By the way, in Yorubaland we do not refer
            to female Muslims as Alhaji but rather as Alhaja.
            The proper appellation of APC’s House of Reps member, Abike-Dabiri is
            actually Alhaja Abike Dabiri.

        • eniolataiwo

          U got it wrong bro.shariah is for us the believers.nt for non muslims

          • Bigzy

            In common with most Islamic nut cases, you assume that everyone else has got it wrong, and that you are of course right. The quote was attributed to the Chief religious nut Buhari, so I fail to see what your point is.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Any candidate honouring this promise will be doomed to failure; he/she would lose abysmally.

  • Bigzy

    Since Muslims cannot be trusted to leave religion as a private issue between a man and his God, Christians must use their votes to effect the egalitarian sociiety that we all seek.

    • eniolataiwo

      Av bn xpecting morons lyk u to comment.get it straight dickhead, Islam regulates all facets of d adherents endeavour.

      • Bigzy

        You call me a moron, yet your imbecility is palpable. A Muslim group wants to turn our public institution of learning into a religious cult with the children wearing armed robbers’ masks and this is fine. No one should complain since it is in the interest of almighty Islam. Well, I have to bust your idi@tic bubble. Overly religiious expressions in public schools is not wellcome, especially as we are not a theocracy. The kids are in school to learn not to project religion. If their parents are interested in such expressions, they should send them to religious schools.

        • Gifty

          Bigzy you got me so cracked up…chai @your imbecility is palpable. Well said sha. They shouldnt come to our government schools dressed in those clumsy Hijabs, at home they could even dress in Hazman suit if they liked that will now be their decision to make…Abeg the school uniform remains the only accepted dress code my dear muslim cuties!

        • Beeba

          Let’s start by removing the head cover of Mary, mother of Jesus. . .i
          I suppose by your twisted standards overt nakedness is better. Ask Adam and Eve. . .

          • Bigzy

            Is our lady now a school child in Lagos? What has this got to do with anything? Are you saying that our kids are walking around in nakedness because they are not wearing masks?

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Is this an attempt to attack what you see as a symbol of ‘Christianity”?

            Why not address the issue here?

  • sanetalk

    This is what happens when power hungry politicians play the religion card to cling to power. This group contradicts itself by in one breath making the adoption of hijab as a condition for supporting a political party and in another breath opposing the clamour for a Christian candidate and yet claims not to have political interests. The lesson is for the politicians to deemphasize religion and ethnicity as it is a road to perdition

  • omo56

    Our kids from the South West are failing; their performances at the last exams are horrible. Instead of focusing on how to
    improve these kids’ academics we are fighting on this. I guess these parents will be happy when Lagos student’s performance fall to the level of that of the states that allow hijab

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  • Joe

    Religion is surely going to destroy Nigeria into pieces. Who can save Nigeria?. The country is gone for worse. No part of the country can survive the religious war that is coming. I pray that IBB will live to witness the Islamic war that will tear Nigeria into pieces.

    • omo56

      Unfortunately IBB does not care for all the lives that will be lost.

  • omo56

    Tracking the influence of
    Muslims in a society

    When Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be
    regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone:

    United States — Muslim 1.0%

    Australia — Muslim 1.5%

    Canada — Muslim 1.9%

    China — Muslim 1%-2%

    Italy — Muslim 1.5%

    Norway — Muslim 1.8%

    At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and
    disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs:

    Denmark — Muslim 2%

    Germany — Muslim 3.7%

    United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%

    Spain — Muslim 4%

    Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

    From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their
    percentage of the population.

    They will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food,
    thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure
    on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves — along with threats for
    failure to comply. At this point, they will work to get the ruling government
    to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia, the Islamic Law.

    France — Muslim 8%

    Philippines — Muslim 5%

    Sweden — Muslim 5%

    Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%

    The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%

    Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

    When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a
    means of complaint about their conditions ( Paris — car-burnings). Any
    non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats (
    Amsterdam — Mohammed cartoons).

    Guyana — Muslim 10%

    India — Muslim 13.4%

    Israel — Muslim 16%

    Kenya — Muslim 10%

    Russia — Muslim 10-15%

    After reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations,
    sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning:

    Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

    At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing
    militia warfare:

    Bosnia — Muslim 40%

    Chad — Muslim 53.1%

    Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

    From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other
    religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon
    and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels:

    Albania — Muslim 70%

    Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%

    Qatar — Muslim 77.5%

    Sudan — Muslim 70%

    After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and genocide:

    Bangladesh — Muslim 83%

    Egypt — Muslim 90%

    Gaza — Muslim 98.7%

    Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%

    Iran — Muslim 98%

    Iraq — Muslim 97%

    Jordan — Muslim 92%

    Morocco — Muslim 98.7%

    Pakistan — Muslim 97%

    Palestine — Muslim 99%

    Syria — Muslim 90%

    Tajikistan — Muslim 90%

    Turkey — Muslim 99.8%

    United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

    100% will usher in the peace of “Dar-es-Salaam” — the Islamic House
    of Peace — there’s supposed to be peace because everybody is a Muslim:

    Afghanistan — Muslim 100%

    Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%

    Somalia — Muslim 100%

    Yemen — Muslim 99.9%

    Of course, that’s not the case. To satisfy their blood lust, Muslims then start
    killing each other for a variety of reasons.

    “Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me
    against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my
    cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe against the
    world and all of us against the infidel.” — Leon Uris, “The
    Haj”

    It is good to remember that in many, many countries, such as France , the
    Muslim populations are centered around ghettos based on their ethnicity.
    Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. Therefore, they exercise
    more power than their national average would indicate.

    Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s
    book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots

    Thanks to the Youtube user “Evil Islam” for contributing this! Posted
    by The Anti-Jihadist

    • Kofi Anani

      “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]

      • Public Tribune

        “We are fighting a religious war. We are fighting against the Christians in Nigeria.
        We are fighting against Christian President – Goodluck Jonathan – and his Christian
        brethren. We are not fighting any ethnic war. Those saying we are fighting an ethnic war
        are telling lies to the public. They try to brainwash the people. No, we are fighting a religious war.
        We are fighting against Christians. We are fighting the Christian President Jonathan
        and his Christian brethren”.

        ……………….Abubakar Ahekahu
        [Leader, Boko Haram]

        [December 28, 2013]

    • emmanuel

      This is a sweet note for my readership. God bless your soul.

      I swear that this is the truth and nothing but the truth

    • Troy

      This seems like an obsession. Try and get a life!

      • omo56

        But is it true? Shia vs Sunni ………Talking about getting a life, how many lives has been taken by your sect?

    • Beeba

      Omo56. Please feel free to go back to any of the places you mentioned and marry a man if you are one, or vice versa and live happily ever after.

  • Bature

    Hijab over the face, but no food, medicine or quality education? Is this what this clowns can only think of? They should pool their funds, start their own schools and restrict it to Hijab wearing students. Are these trouble makers aware that tax paying citizens of Lagos fund these schools, and I can bet these religious bigots are mostly self employed whose tax contributions are suspect! These are types of characters that the State Security Services should put on the watch. If they don’t get what they want, they could as well relocate to any part of the “BH caliphate” in Borno state where they can cover all!

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  • @Amuwospeaks

    So if the most corrupt person is willing to be the governor of lagos state and his ready allow hijab, that means this people support him. Now hijab is very important even over good roads, education health

    • Beeba

      Amuwospeaks. Yes good roads ,education etc should be the focus. So how does my Hijab affect this or anybody at all. It’s my body I have chosen to cover it, just like others are free to expose theirs for viewing and purchase by the highest bidder.

  • Frank Bassey

    You know people by the choices they make. You cannot offer what you do not have.

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  • Shaw

    Islam is terror defined. The nonsense notion that the Koran makes a
    dressing compulsory is argued here as overriding whatever the national
    constitution of Nigeria says. Yet, these Muslims do not concede the same right
    to Christians to invoke that same argument.

    In other words, 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.

  • Beeba

    Shaw, please invoke your argument. Is it our fault that the Bible is corrupted, or that there are so many versions of it that you yourselves are confused? Anyway, back to the issue at hand. Can you please tell me why the head of Mary mother of Jesus is always covered anywhere she is depicted? Have you as a Christian protested against churches that have dress codes?

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  • itsmylife

    Hijab is not religious,its a culture,people keep mixing religion with culture n tradition.Isreal make use of hijab just like other Arab countries.Same way ppl keep saying Daniel,John are christian name,when they are Hebrew names.Abdullahi is an Arab name not Islamic name.

    • Bello Bankole Quadri

      You got it all wrong.
      I agree with you that culture has been mixed with religion but in the case of hijab it is a direct commandment from God for all muslim female to wear hijab.

      In Quran chapter 24 verse 30

      “وَ لاَ يُبْدِيْنَ زِيْنَتَهُنَّ إِلاَّ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَ لْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلىَ جُيُوْبِهِنَّ..

      “…and not display their beauty except what is apparent, and they should place their khumur over their bosoms…”

      There are two issues about this sentence.

      (1) What is the meaning of “khumur” used in this verse?

      Khumur خُمُرٌ is plural of khimarخِمَارٌ , the veil covering the head. See any Arabic dictionary like Lisanu ’l-‘Arab, Majma‘u ’l-Bahrayn or al-Munjid.

      Al-Munjid, which is the most popular dictionary in the Arab world, defines al-khimar as “something with which a woman conceals her head —ما تغطى به المرأة رأسها .” Fakhru ’d-Din al-Turayhi in Majma‘u ’l-Bahrayn (which is a dictionary of Qur’anic and hadith terms) defines al-khimar as “scarf, and it is known as such because the head is covered with it.”2

      So the word khimar, by definition, means a piece of cloth that covers the head.

      (2) Then what does the clause “placing the khumur over the bosoms” mean?
      According to the commentators of the Qur’an, the women of Medina in the pre-Islamic era used to put their khumur
      over the head with the two ends tucked behind and tied at the back of
      the neck, in the process exposing their ears and neck. By saying that,
      “place the khumur over the bosoms,” Almighty Allah ordered the
      women to let the two ends of their headgear extend onto their bosoms so
      that they conceal their ears, the neck, and the upper part of the bosom
      also

      Forcing a female Muslim to pull of her Hijab is like stripping her naked in public.
      It means you want her to disobey God according to her religion.
      Its high time we (Muslims & Christians) understand each others religion,and tolerate ourselves for the peaceful coexistence of this great nation.

  • Tonnero

    This is splitting hairs over an inconsequential issue. Where I work, people are free to wear their hijab. Some choose to, others do not. Wearing a hijab does not take away from the rights of anyone else.

  • Ms. Dunni Macarthy (America)

    Dear Editor Premium Times:

    I am a Christian and i feel able to write in my real names. I will be visiting Nigeria, after 22 years’ absence.
    My preference is to dress to work in my Christian dress as prescribed in the Leviticus and in Deuteronomy.
    Please advise if any code prevents me from doing so, and if i may sue an employer who objects to my dress.
    I am informed that Nigerian Muslims wish to wear the Hijab with the burqa to public places; including courtrooms.
    I understand the burqa is a complete cover of the body to the ankle to make Police identification impossible.
    May i ask if i would be entitled to such anonymity in case i am forced into criminal conduct due to un-employment?

  • DecodeDaRiddle

    Nigeria is in serious trouble. Some of the elders among these people went to mission schools and did not recall Allah upset at them for not adhering to their use of hijab. Whatever happened to the days where Christians and Muslims lived together without one claiming to edge the other out? Lagos in particular has been ruled by Muslims either wearing Khaki or not and to maintain the balance the state of excellence has always projected, they never played the religious card. Now since 1999, moderate muslims have not made these people proud and now a call for a christian governor is hysterical to you. To address this people, they are bigots that seem to not realize that Nigeria being “secular” is an indication of it being tolerant. This people want to tilt the balance that even muslim governors have preserved. Christians never complain when the recite islamic prayers to the meat they kill and sell, they want to smuggle Allah’s suggestion or injunction into our constitution, they are calling for Sharia and insinuating that there children wear christian uniforms when the laws of the same state allows them to setup islamic schools and send their children there. This is what happens when politicians at the top use religious bias to split and in turn incite a faith against the other. I will vote for a leader that will ban pilgrimage, will vote for any person that will guarantee tolerable beliefs and will vote anyone that will deal with any religious uprising however veiled.