By Adeola Ogunrinde
The National Amirah of Al-Mu’minaat Organisation, Hajia Nimatullah Abdullateef, has called on all Muslim women in the country to celebrate the World Hijab Day. Abdullateef said this on Tuesday at a press conference held at Alausa, Ikeja, reminding Nigerians why they should join the rest of the world to celebrate the World Hijab Day.
“Muslim women remember with painful nostalgia the hopefully isolated incidents of harassment, persecution, emotional and psychological anguish hijabis had suffered in Nigeria in recent times, especially after President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that the nation might consider a ban on hijab if terrorists continue to use women in hijab to bomb hapless citizens,” she said.
She noted that Boko Haram is the enemy and not Muslim hijabis, and Boko Haram has used several ingenious garbs and artefacts to camouflage its members and carry out its dastardly and evil attacks, including fruits, vegetables, motor vehicles and even fake army and police uniforms.
Abdullateef said: “Hijab has been, is and will continue to be… As we celebrate the World Hijab Day come 1 February, we implore all lovers of the hijab, Islam and humanity to celebrate the hijab in all and every way they can, especially on social media.”
Abdullateef commended Buhari for dousing tension by stating that hijab would not be banned, contrary to the impression created by his recent media chat.
The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Lagos State, Uzamat Yussuf, who also spoke at the briefing, decried frequent stigmatisation of Muslim women in Hijab, saying that they were often regarded as religious fanatics.
Yussuf, who was represented by Rashidat Umar, said due to such misconceptions, the larger society failed to acknowledge and appreciate Muslim women’s courage in standing up to societal norms in their determination to preserve their modesty and obey the command of God.
According to her, hijab-wearing women should be encouraged, regarded as individuals who could perform credibly well and intelligently in any capacity and able to attain any height they determined to achieve.