The security team attached to the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway have prevented Muslim ladies who adorn the Hijab from entering their premises for the registration of National Identity Number (NIN).
RCCG is one of the enrolment centres accredited by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Ogun State.
Muslim News findings revealed that the management of the Church had instructed its security team not to allow Muslim ladies in Hijab enter the premises during the NIN registration.
Many victims told our correspondent that they were turned back at the gate over refusal to remove their hijabs as they tried to beat the February 9 deadline.
It would be recalled that the FG had in mid-December, 2020 directed that all SIM cards be linked to the National Identity Number (NIN).
To ensure that no Nigerian is deprived from the exercise, the National Task Force on NIN and SIM Registration announced that the December 30 deadline has been extended to February 9, 2021 for those without NIN.
But many Muslim ladies who reside around the RCCG camp area expressed their displeasure over what they termed “discrimination against the hijab which violates their fundamental rights.”
Risikat Agbabiaka told Muslim News that she was stopped from entering the premises on Thursday because of her Hijab, saying, “I could have gone to Owode-Obafe LGA but it is far from my house. The only accredited centre in my area is RCCG camp.
“Unfortunately, the church security official prevented me from going in. He asked me to remove my Hijab but I declined. So, I left.”
Another victim, who identifies herself as Fatimah confirmed the news to Muslim News on Friday, saying they were not allowed to use the Hijab while in the Church premises for the NIN registration.
According to her, “This is very wrong. I am highly disappointed. And I don’t really blame them because they don’t really like us. But I put the blame on the NIMC who authorised them to be doing the registration in their Church.
“I’m using this medium to call on the Federal Government, particularly the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, to delist Churches or any other religious organisations who discriminate against members of other faiths from the enrolment centres or any other government exercises.”
A security official who spoke with Muslim News on condition of anonymity confirmed the report, saying the “No Hijab” order was an instruction from the management of the Church and it is their duty to follow it.
“I didn’t make the law. I am only enforcing it. No Hijab is allowed in the Church premises during or after NIN registration. If you have issues with the instruction, come to the Church Secretariat,” he added.
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