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Forget Hijab, Face Insecurity - CAN To National Assembly


Mr. Musa Saidu Abdullahi, a member of the House of Representatives who sponsored the bill seeking to enforce hijab-wearing for female Muslims in public places, on Tuesday, met with the national leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), where he explained the rationale behind the proposal.

Abdullahi, representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency in Niger State, said, “I see a problem that has become a big challenge and we have shied away from it over the years. It is the issue of religious discrimination. So, we came up with a proposal to address religious discrimination in this country.”

In her reaction, CAN had expressed reservations to the bill, noting that there had always been laws protecting citizens from any form of discrimination, including religion.

The President of CAN said, “This bill is a small thing; let us make it a comprehensive thing that any right-thinking person will read and will say ‘this is moving the Nigeria nation forward.’ Please, Honourable, I am appealing to you and your colleagues to help us find a way to put an end to insecurity in this country.

“The body language does not suggest that we want to put an end to it. We are hearing from the corridors of power that the money voted for security is being diverted. If you see the investment we are losing because of insecurity…Even religious tourism is very difficult now because of insecurity.”

The body, therefore, urged National Assembly to focus on the more pressing issues in the country, including insecurity.

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