A invoice pending earlier than the Home of Representatives is looking for to compel the Armed Forces and para-military organisations to allow feminine officers to put on the Islamic veil, generally known as hijab.
The invoice, generally known as the Spiritual Discrimination (Prohibition, Prevention) Invoice, 2020, which has handed second studying on the Home, was sponsored by the Deputy Chairman of the Home Committee on Finance and Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Saidu Abdullahi.
Article 13 of the invoice titled, ‘Discrimination in employment insecurity and different sectors,’ prohibits the army from discriminating in opposition to anybody sporting a hijab.
Article 13(2) reads, “Any individual employed within the safety sector, whether or not inside the army or paramilitary or in any other case, shall not be discriminated in opposition to on the bottom of the train of his proper to manifestation of his faith in worship, educating, observe and observance akin to sporting spiritual emblem, head cowl, or hijab in concomitant with the frequent uniform code or code of conduct in relation to the selection of color, kind, or design of such spiritual emblem, spiritual head cowl or hijab.”
Though the invoice doesn’t suggest any superb or jail time for individuals who discriminate in opposition to individuals sporting hijab, it states that anybody who contravenes the part would have dedicated an offence.
It additional states that the Excessive Court docket can have unique jurisdiction on such issues whereas the Nationwide Human Rights Fee shall have the facility both by itself movement or upon a petition offered by an aggrieved individual to research allegations of any violation of the provisions of the Invoice inside an affordable time or no more than 30 days.
Hijab, a veil worn by Muslim ladies, has turn out to be a controversial subject in Nigeria. In Kwara State, for example, an try by the federal government to impose hijab on Christian missionary colleges is being resisted by the in-grant Christian schools.