The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged the National Assembly to reverse what it described as the ‘Christianization’ of Nigeria caused by the colonial policies by Britain.
Professor Ishaq Akintola, Director of MURIC, made the demand in a statement on Thursday on the second anniversary of the ninth National Assembly, comprising the Senate and House of Representatives.
According to the Islamic rights group, Islam has been in the country before the 11th century but lamented that some policies in the country favour Christians.
The group, therefore, appealed to the federal legislature to take “a kind look” at the plight of Nigerian Muslims.
“British colonial masters who were essentially Christians came in the 19th century (1842) and subjected the Muslims to an environment which is totally alien to their faith,” the statement partly read.
MURIC stated that the situation should have been corrected after Nigeria attained independence in 1960.
It claimed that the uniform of the Nigerian military is pro-Christian and had deprived some Muslim women of the opportunity of being a part of the military.
It urged the National Assembly to free Nigerian Muslims from “neo-colonialism”.
The statement read: “The British designed army, police, paramilitary and school uniforms which suited adherents of the Christian faith and forced it on the Muslim population. Ditto for the nation’s common law which, of course, is Christian law.
“The present uniforms used by the army, police, and other paramilitary bodies do not allow the use of hijab. They are therefore an exclusive preserve of Christian women with its economic disadvantage to Muslims.
“This has resulted in Christian-only female soldiers, policemen, customs, traffic wardens, etc. It rendered female Muslims jobless.”
MURIC asked that all military and paramilitary uniforms be made to accommodate female Muslim recruits.
The organisation also wants the dress code of nurses, students, and others to allow the use of specially designed hijab.
It noted that other MURIC requests are contained in its memorandum already submitted to the Constitution Review Panel.