The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has issued a directive that the wearing of Hijab by Muslim women should not be restricted in any form and should align with the freedom of religion in the country.
During the North West Zonal Public Hearing on the Constitutional Review organized by the House of Representatives for Stakeholders from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday June 1, the monarch made this disclosure.
The President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) stated that nobody should stop others from practicing their religion and sees no reason why Hijab wearing would be a problem for others who were not using it.
He rather advised that persons of other faiths should be encouraged to do what their religion orders them to do.
The Sultan said;
“The most important issue is the issue of religion. Almighty God created us to worship Him and you must protect my rights as a Muslim, in whatever documents you are going to bring and there are no two ways about it.
“I must have freedom to worship Allah the way Almighty says I should worship Him. So, why do people make too much noise about Shariah and its implementation?
“It is all about our lives as Muslims from the day of our birth till we die. So, look at the way to protect the interests of Muslims that constitute over 50 per cent of this nation’s population. Whether in the North, East, South or West.…
“I believe Nobody should stop me from practising my religion and I must practice it to the best of my ability, without tampering with other religions or their freedom. You can pick a stone and keep it in your home; that is the problem between you and your God, not me.
“There are so many cases where young girls were denied the right to use their Hijabs in schools. Why is it that the use of the Hijab becomes a problem to those people who are not using Hijab?
“On the other hand, we should even encourage persons of other faiths to do what their religions ordered them to do. And that is how we will live in peace.”
“All of you knew that before 1914, there was no Nigeria; but there was Sokoto Caliphate, Kanem Borno Empire, Oyo Empire and Benin Kingdom.
“The amalgamation of all these led to Nigeria of today as they took power from the people and put it on a few civilians. Why are politicians afraid of giving power back to the people they have been living and working with closely?
“We have accepted the change and we are ready to help; the earlier we realise we can work together, the better for us. The political class should know that we are not in any competition with them. We are here to help and we are ready to help.”