Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has warned that his administration would not tolerate any form of harassment and intimidation of female students wearing hijab
Makinde, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Islamic Affairs, Imam AbdRasheed AbdAzeez, noted it’s a serious offecence to trample on anyone’s religious right.
He maintained that the hijab is a covering that not only beautifies the wearer but also helps in advancing decency in the society.
“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.”