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UTME 2019: MURIC kicks as JAMB stops hijab-wearing students

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By ThankGod Ogala

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has reacted furiously to reports that hijab-wearing students were denied entry into the examination hall for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Islamic group, in a statement on Friday, said it denounced the action of the invigilators and supervisors at the examination centres involved.

MURIC’s statement was signed by its founder and Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.

Daughter of a former ace broadcaster, Sulaiman Aledeh, was among several hijab-wearing female students who were denied entry at a JAMB examination centre in Lagos yesterday, according to MURIC.

The Islamic organisations said this was revealed in a tweet sent by the ex-broadcaster at exactly 8 am on Thursday, 11th April 2019 on his twitter handle @aledeh.

The tweet said, “My daughter is writing her @JAMBHQ today but she just called me now that she’s been asked to remove her hijab before she’s allowed in at the centre at New Ocean School, Megida, Ayobo. Is that the rule, please? She’s NOT the only one cos they’re from a MUSLIM school.”

MURIC’s statement added, “We are aware of the refusal of some JAMB invigilators and supervisors to allow female Muslim candidates who wore hijab to the centres to sit for the examinations.

“This action is despicable, repugnant and barbaric. It is also illegal, unlawful, illegitimate and unconstitutional. When will Muslim-haters grow up? When will they become democracy-compliant? When will they respect the rule of law?

“The law says hijab is constitutional (Section 38 (i) and (ii)) but they will rather follow their whims and caprices. The Muslims of the South West are being taken for granted.

“Our love for peaceful coexistence and our reluctance to take the law into our hands is being mistaken for cowardice. But we will like to warn that there is a limit to patience.


“We remind Muslim haters in the South West that there are no more ‘stupid monkeys’ in Idanre. The only remaining monkeys over there are smarter than homo sapiens. Every day may be for the oppressors and Muslim-haters but certainly there will be one day for the oppressed Muslims.

“This profiling of Muslims, particularly through the denial of hijab rights, has been on for a long time. The Muslim victims cry out daily. Many cases of hijab denial are in the courts.

“Yet the various state governments pretend as if nothing is happening. Worse still, the Federal Government has ‘decided not to interfere’. The message is very clear. The authorities are telling us that the fate of Muslims is in the hands of Muslims.


“MURIC therefore calls on Muslims in the South West to prepare for a long, intellectual and nonviolent struggle. Female Muslim students are hereby instructed to carry recording gadgets on their persons. We want all provocations, victimisations and acts of stigmatization to be secretly recorded wherever they occur because it will be impossible to get a conviction if there is no concrete evidence.

“We charge Islamic organisations, particularly the Muslim lawyers Association (MULAN), the Muslim Teachers Association (MUTAN), the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisation (NACOMYO), the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), The Muslim Congress (TMC) to re-engineer their mobilization strategies towards deflating this rising persecution ego among Muslim-haters in the sub-region. It is high time some fanatical Muslim-haters are made to face the full wrath of the law.”

The human rights organization also alleged that a male invigilator touched the female candidates in an improper manner at the same center under the guise of carrying out searches on candidates.

“We strongly object to the way a male invigilator touched all parts of the female candidates at the center under the guise of conducting searches. It is highly unprofessional, immoral, improper and paedophilic. Men should search male candidates while women officials search female candidates. That is the global best practice.”

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