It is just like the recent inspiringly pitiful story of Ahmad Muhammad of MacArthur High School in Irving, USA whose alluring technological clock invention was mistook for a bomb and who was thereafter handcuffed and taken to juvenile detention before he was freed.
“Islamophobia” has been a dreaded tool that is being used not to only dent the identities of the Muslims alone but to also horrifyingly obliterate their fundamental human rights.
This is something every upright Muslim lives with daily. But the case of Nigeria is pathetically different.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, the people of Lagos in Nigeria were jolted off their feet over a disturbing story of a secondary school pupil, Aisha Alabi, who was allegedly flogged forty strokes by her principal, Mrs. E.C Ukpaka of Kadara Junior School at Ebute Metta, Lagos State, for wearing the hijab during the school hours.
Such disrespectful violation of freedom of expression of religious rights was also reported few weeks later when Mafoluku Senior Grammar School principal, Elizabeth Omidele, was accused of harassing Barira by telling her to pull off her hijab outside the school premises.
The embarrassing and the most disturbing part of the “human annihilation” stories above was the disposition of the Lagos State Government at the time, headed by Mr Babatunde Fashola who was then the governor.
His reactions to the issues were more than worrisome. The case was frustrated by the Lagos State Government, through systematic delay tactics by not only prolonging the judgement alone but also by massacring the genuine justice when the judgement was finally held in court.
This is unlike in America, where President Barack Obama has gladly requested that the wrongly violated victim of the “bomb” clock, Ahmad Muhammad to bring his invention to the White House as a way of inclining his government with justice and with other people of the world to condemn the injustice and the “Islamophobia”.
No apology was rendered neither to the Lagos Muslims nor to the pupils by Lagos State Government for a deliberate “violation of integrity” by the Lagos State Staff ( The two mentioned Principals) while the innocent pupils were trying to express their faith that is coherently qualified in the Nigerian constitution.
No reversal of the unfair judgement by Mr Raji Fashola’s Lagos State led Government that was proclaimed to ultimately ban Muslim girls from wearing their hijabs, which is a core part of their moral and spiritual rites during the school hours in the Lagos State Secondary Schools that is being funded by tax payer’s money.
The Centre For Human Rectitude, along with other well meaning Nigerians hereby humbly plead to the current Lagos State Governor, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
We have always known him as an intelligent and a gentle man who would not jeopardize an atom of integrity of the people of Lagos that has been preserved by Law for any cost.
We hope passionately that he would help pass oxygen to the “dying truth” concerning the usage of hijab in secondary schools in Lagos State by reversing the diabolical judgement that was passed to ban the wearing of hijab in secondary schools during the last “controversial” administration by his predecessor.
We hope this would be done soon so that our young Muslim girls can exude their religious rights within the auspices of the Law in their various Lagos State Secondary Schools.
By Yusuf Jimoh Aweda, Director, Center For Human Rectitude