7 February 2018

Nigeria: Hold Public Hearing On Hijab Controversy, Muslim Bodies Urge NASS

A coalition of Muslim Organisations in Nigeria has called on the National Assembly to hold public hearing on the Hijab controversy between the body of Benchers, The Nigerian Law School and Miss Firdausi Amasa as soon as possible.

The coalition under the auspices of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) made the call in a communique signed by Malam Isa Okonkwo, in Abuja.

The communique was issued by the coalition as a reaction to the last minute postponement of the public hearing of the Joint Committee on Justice and Judiciary of the House of Representatives on the Hijab controversy.

Okonkwo also appealed to the Joint Committee of NASS, as representatives of the people to in the spirit of equity, fairness and justice, ensure level playing ground to all stakeholders involved in the issue.

He said that the coalition was disappointed over the last minute postponement of the public hearing on Monday, Feb. 5, just a day to the event that was scheduled over a month earlier.

He also said that the coalition was dismayed that the Joint committee did not deem it fit to contact stakeholders who had submitted memoranda to the Committee prior to the public announcement of the postponement as published in the Punch newspaper of Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

The Muslim Coalition are made up of Women in Da'wah, Coalition of Muslim Women Organisations, Abuja Muslim Forum, FCT League of Imams, Association of Muslim Professionals, Justice for Fidaus Advocacy Group, Harakatul Islaami, Ilorin and Kwara Muslim Youths.

Others are the Criterion, Al-Mu'minaat, Women 'Ulamaa' of Zamfara, Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Organisation of Tadhamunul Muslimeen, I-World-Connect Media, Pious Muslim Women Organisation and Islamic Family Foundation. (NAN)

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