The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has warned that no Hijab-wearing female Muslim in the state should be ridiculed at schools and their various workplaces.
Naija News understands that Makinde’s warning is coming following the recent case of a female student who was harassed in class at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, February 1, the state governor strongly warned heads of government agencies and institutions in the state, never to attempt to harass anyone for wearing Hijab.
Naija News understands that Makinde’s warning is contained in a message he released as part of activities to mark 2022 World Hijab Day.
The governor while congratulating the Muslim Ummah in the state, especially the female Muslims on the 2022 World Hijab Day, further assured that the present administration in the state will not trample on the religious rights of anyone.
The statement made available to newsmen by the governor’s Special Assistant on Islamic Affairs, Imam AbdRasheed AbdAzeez, insisted that the incumbent government will not oppose activities and practices that will promote godliness and modesty.
Governor Makinde maintained that the hijab is a covering that not only beautifies the person wearing it but also promotes decency in the society.
He said his government will not tolerate any act of intimidation or molestation of female Muslims because of their Hijab.
“I want to congratulate the Muslims on the 2022 World Hijab Day. If the Quran says female Muslims should wear hijabs, our government will not oppose it. Since our constitution guarantees freedom of religion, my administration will not prevent anyone from following his/her religious dictates.
“I have instructed those in positions of authority in the state’s public service and across all our public schools not to intimidate or harass anyone because of their religious beliefs or practices.
“Our government is god-fearing and we will continue to preach religious tolerance, equality and justice, which will further engender peaceful coexistence, love and togetherness.
“As the theme of this year’s celebration suggests, hijab is the pride of every female Muslim and it remains sacrosanct.”