Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has attacked the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, for referring to missionnary schools in the country as Christian institutions and kicking against the hijab bill titled ‘Religious Discrimination (Prohibition, Prevention) Bill 2021’ which scaled through the second reading in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
CAN had in its statement signed by its secretary, Joseph Daramola, opposed the bill, insisting that legislating the wearing of hijab in schools would lead to trouble.
MURIC in a statement signed by its director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, said that the bill also aims at liberating Nigerian workers and women from discrimination.
According to MURIC, “CAN is not talking about morality, legality and justice in its opposition to the bill. CAN is not interested in whether it is right or wrong.
“The only thing CAN is interested in is to impose its own whims and caprices on the lawmakers by threatening fire and brimstone.
“Imagine CAN’s words, ‘We are not against the wearing of hijab in public and Islamic schools but our schools should not be included unless those states are looking for trouble’.
“CAN refers to missionary schools which were taken over by the Gowon decree of 1974 as ‘our schools’. That is a misnomer. Those schools ceased to be missionary schools a long time ago.
“CAN will therefore be living in self-denial if it continues to refer to them as ‘our schools’”. MURIC said.
MURIC said that even though CAN’s statement was full of threats, it was not bordered, and insisted that this is the right time for female Muslim students to gain their freedom.