Ostensibly bothered by the persistent absence of its Muslim employees at lunchtime on Fridays, one of the bank’s supervising staff, Damilola Adebara, issued an internal memo banning staff from observing Jumat. She expressed her aversion towards her subordinates leaving their duty to perform the Jum’at prayer.
In spite of this ‘disclaimer’ from the bank, our reporter on Monday received a WhatsApp message urging Muslims to boycott Polaris Bank.
It was noticed that the message has also been shared on social networking services, Facebook and Twitter.
Read the message in full below:
A CALL FOR BOYCOTT OF POLARIS BANK BY MUSLIMS.
Recently, a female staff of Polaris Bank plc by the name Damilola Adebara sent an email to all the Muslim staff in her department directing to henceforth stop going to the mosque for Friday prayer as according to her the Bank policy does not allow for Religious activities during working hours. The email promised severe consequences for anyone who flaunted the directives. No doubt this is another case of intolerant behaviour from an overzealous staff.
We are hereby informing Muslims accross Nigeria to take note of this affront on our Religion and start a nationwide boycott of the Bank and its activities. We can not afford to continue to patronise Polaris Bank and thereby making it and its shareholders richer with the kind hatred and intolerance that will not allow them to even enable us perform our religious obligations.
Meanwhile, an Islamic human rights organization, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has advised banks in Nigeria to review their policies towards their Muslim staff, “particularly on this sensitive Friday Question”.
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