The Presidency has dismissed the insinuations that the Federal Government had banned the use of Hijab, the Muslim women’s dressing symbol of modesty.The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Malam Garba Shehu in a statement said Buhari has not announced ban on the dressing code for Muslim women.
The statement by Garba Shehu was in defence of a remark by President Muhamadu Buhari that he would look into the case of hijab in the event that the abuse of the dressing code by Boko Haram persists.
Boko Haram has of late recourse to the use of underage girls dressed in hijab as suicide bombers to bomb strategic targets in some northern parts of the country.
Shehu, however denied speculations that the government has banned hijab, stating that the speculations were never true.
He said that the Buhari-led Federal Government would always respect the rights of Muslims to protect their modesty and allow religious freedom.
Shehu said the Hijab was being abused by terrorists to carry out suicide attacks on innocent people, which violated the teachings of Islam.
He, however, said that Buhari would not take any decision on the issue without due consultation with all the stakeholders.
He said that the government would address the security challenge in consultations with Muslim leaders with a view to finding a workable solution.
“Everything will be done to balance national security requirements with the rights and obligations of citizens under their religions as protected by the constitution,’’