A rights organisation, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has raised fresh concerns over the persecution of Muslim girls on Hijab in Ogun State by those it called “fanatic” Christian teachers.
The group in a statement by its Ogun State Chairman, Alhaji Jimoh Tajudeen Alao said it had received reports that some Christian teachers in Ogun State Secondary Schools punish Muslim students within and outside the school over the Hijab.
According to the statement, “Our attention has been drawn to the atrocities committed by some christian teachers in Ogun State secondary schools. They punish Muslims students, especially Muslim female students within and outside the school compound simply because such Muslim girls use the hijab.
“The global elevation of human rights and individual liberties may be a historical trend but religious persecution remains an immense challenge in our times. Millions are suffering threats to their lives and wellbeing, simply because they desire to embrace a particular religious identity and exercise faith convictions.
This issue resonates with many christian teachers in Ogun State who persecute Muslim female students. Religious persecution is not uniform; it can be executed aggressively or it can be administered passively, but the result is always a demoralization of the human condition”
MURIC says it strongly believes that if the “wicked” act is not checked, it can cause chaos in the state.
“How will you tell me you are my neighbor, friend, colleague and yet you keep assaulting my child and you want peace to reign?,” the group queried.
It added: “Ogun Muslims have for long endured this purposeful punishment and harassment from these christian fanatics in the civil service across the state .
“How many Islamic Studies teachers have ever molested christian students for being Christians whether within or outside the school?
“Have you heard of imposing Arabic and Islamic studies on christian students in school? It seems christian teachers believe that forcing muslim students is called evangelism.”
Alhaji Jimoh listed a number of Ogun State secondary schools where cases of persecution of muslim students have been reported, while urging the state government to drastically arrest the trend.
“We have heard enough experiences and persecution from the following schools in Ogun State, but now, the Muslim Rights Concern and other key stakeholders are determined to ensure justice for these innocent students.
(1) ASERO HIGH SCHOOL.
(2) EGBA HIGH SCHOOL.
(3)REV.KUTI MEMORIAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL, ISABO.
(5) ABEOKUTA GRAMMAR SCHOOL.
(5) OJA ODAN MUSLIM COMMUNITY. E.T.C
“The government should arrest this situation as a matter of urgency because if not attended to, it can cause riot and chaos within the state and no serious government will pray for that.
“We need to appreciate the state Governor Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun for his transformation and active role in the state since his inception in office. We also believe that as a listening father, who loves children and young ones, he would not allow religious extremists to destabilize the peaceful co-existence that the state has been known for over the years.
“To our security agencies, we want to appreciate you all, especially the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Director of D.S.S.,Commandant NSCDC and our able P.P.R.O and other security agencies in the state. We believe that you will not fold your arms and allow fanatical teachers to set the state ablaze.”
MURIC, meanwhile, cautioned muslims to exercise restraint as they are used to, assuring it is on top of the matter.
“In case of abuse and assault in our public schools, the parents or the guardians of the child should report the matter to the nearest police station and call the State Chairman of MURIC in Ogun State. May Allah protect us from evil doers,” the Chairman said.
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