Hijab Is Prescribed For Women In Islam, Says FOMWAN

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From Victor Seyi, Ilorin

The Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN) has said that Hijab wearing among Muslim women is a prescribed dress code from the Holy Quran.
Speaking at the association’s 30th annual national conference in Ilorin on Thursday, the national amirah (president) of FOMWAN, Hajia Amina Omoti, said that any attempt to ban the use of the Hijab is tantamount to trampling on the rights of the Muslim woman to worship.
Hajia Omoti, who was represented at the event by Hajia Farida Yusuf, said FOMWAN was concerned and worried at the unfortunate use of young and innocent girls wearing Hijab to create havoc in the North Eastern part of Nigeria, described the advice to government in some quarters to ban its use as unsolicited.
The association, which commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari at ensuring an end to the menace of insurgency, said that “Nigeria is a multi-religious country where freedom of religion and worship is guaranteed in the nation’s Constitution.”
“While urging government to remain focused in its fight to end the insurgency and not be distracted by those calling for the ban on the use of Hijab, FOMWAN appeals to the Muslims Ummah to remain calm and law-abiding and resist all attempts to be provoked and continue to pray for this government to succeed and for peace to return to our dear country, Nigeria”, she said.
About 1,200 participants within and outside Nigeria attended the 2015 national conference, themed, “Religion and Ethnic Plurality; Implication for National Development.”
The FOMWAN national amirah said that the association in its 30 years of existence had achieved success in areas of health care, education, socio-economic empowerment of women and community development across all the state chapters through its health related activities; hospitals, schools, orphanages, vocational centres and business concerns.
She also said that the association through the humanitarian services has made modest impact in ameliorating the plight of victims of the insurgency.
Speaking on the fate of abducted Chibok girls, Hajia Yusuf the Federal Government should discuss with all groups necessary to secure release of the kidnapped girls, “even it means talking or negotiating with the devils”.

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