Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State announced a ban on the wearing of miniskirts by school girls in public and private schools on Monday. Meanwhile, an Islamic human rights advocacy group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has hailed the ban.
According to MURIC, the ban is in consonance with the clamour for hijab by Muslim groups in Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement issued by the director of the human rights group, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Thursday morning, obtained by Newsbreak.ng.
“We fully endorse this gesture. It is forward-looking, dynamic, and patriotic,” MURIC said.
“This is one of the ways of knowing genuine statesmen as opposed to ordinary politicians whose eyes are only on the next election.
“Statesmen think of the nation whereas politicians think of the next election. Charles Soludo has elected the former and acted in the interest of the girl-child, morality and discipline.
“This is worthy of emulation by other state governors. There is no gainsaying the fact that the present school uniforms are inviting and provocative.
“They constitute a danger to school girls. We must protect the innocent girl-child from the prying eyes of sexually perversive men.
“The problem with our society and many parts of the world today is the contradictions in our lives. In one fell swoop we claim that we detest rape yet we encourage indecent dressing in form of body hugs, front and back cleavages, and hot pants. Women now dress to kill yet we expect the victims to just die without lifting a finger. How realistic is this?
“The world is still battling HIV and AIDS yet we encourage the use of short and seductive skirts by school girls.
“Cleaners who work in school environments now pick more condoms in school premises than pieces of paper and we think we are doing the right thing.
“This is where the beauty of Islam lies. It has identified a major societal problem and recommended an effective solution for it.”