Vanguard (Lagos)

9 November 2012

Nigeria: Muslim Leader Wants Veil for Female Students

Osogbo — Sheik Salaudeen Olayiwola, the President of Osun Muslim Community, has urged the state government to approve the use of hijab (veil) for Muslim female student in secondary schools.

Olayiwola, who made the call at a news conference on the Hijrah celebration slated for Nov. 15, said there was no secrecy attached to the use of veil in Islam.

Hijrah is the migration of the Holy Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina when his life was threatened by idol worshippers.

The cleric said the period marked a turning point in the process of Islamic movement when Muhammad preached against idolatry and corruption.

"We want our female children to use hijab in their schools. In Mecca, every woman uses it and the governor should allow female Muslim students to wear it as well.

"We appreciate the efforts of the governor in providing school uniforms for the students but he should include hijab in the dress code for female Muslim students," he added.

On the social relevance of hijrah, the cleric explained that the celebration symbolised the decision to leave what had been considered bad to embrace a good thing in life. NAN

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