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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Female Waec Supervisor Assaulted A Female Candidate, And Muric Demands Justice


The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has expressed
indignation at the attitude of a female West African
Examination Council, WAEC official, who reportedly
assaulted a female candidate over hijab.
According to MURIC, the incident occurred on Friday,
September 2 at Egan Grammar School, Igando, Lagos State,
while the candidate, Khadijat Eniola Anisere was taking her
biology papers.
The WAEC supervisor who was shuttling from one center to
the other reportedly arrived the center and entered the
examination hall where the Muslim girl was seated among
many other candidates, clad in hijab.
She approached Khadijat and ordered her to remove her
hijab. Khadijah reportedly pleaded that hijab was her mode
of dressing as a Muslim and further pleaded that she would
feel totally naked if she removed the head cover.
Obviously enraged and determined to enforce her illegal
command, the WAEC supervisor yanked off the hijab from
the girl’s head. Khadijah, whose examination was already
interrupted, burst into tears.
She reportedly cried throughout the rest of the examination
period and was unable to continue taking the examination.
The incident was reported by members of the Muslim Rights
Concern (MURIC) at the human rights desk in Igando Police
Station by 10 am on Saturday, 3rd September 2016.
MURIC strongly condemned what it termed a wanton
assault on an innocent female Muslim teenager, describing
it as “most bizarre, highly barbaric and totally deplorable.
“This is a hate attack and a blatant act of Islamophobia. We
see it as part of a grand design to retard the progress of
Muslim youths. Christian fanatics working in government
agencies like WAEC have been instructed by hate preachers
to create bottlenecks for Muslim youths by all possible
means.”
MURIC emphasised that section 38 (i) & (ii) of the 1999
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria not only
grants freedom of religion but also stipulates its practice
and manifestation.
“Hijab is therefore a legally recognized head cover for
female Muslims. The supervisor’s order for the removal of
the hijab was unlawful, unconstitutional and therefore ultra
vires. The forceful removal of the candidate’s hijab
constitutes assault in legal parlance.
“The supervisor’s attack on Khadijah Anisere is a breach of
Section 13 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act
(1991) which provides “a public officer shall not do or direct
to be done, in abuse of his office, any act prejudicial to the
rights of any person knowing that such act is unlawful or
contrary to any government policy.
“For whereas the African Charter on Human and Peoples’
Rights, Article 4, Clause 1 & 2 affirm that “Human beings
are inviolable. Every human being shall be entitled to
respect for his life and the integrity of his person”, the
WAEC supervisor chose to derobe the innocent Muslim girl
in public.
“MURIC demands justice for Khadijah Anisere. Nigerian
Muslims will not fold their arms and watch their daughters
dehumanised by Christian fanatics. WAEC must identify this
extremist supervisor and discipline her. People like her are
responsible for series of religious crises that have resulted
in loss of lives and destruction of properties worth billions of
naira.
“What Nigeria needs most today is peace and stability and
our public institutions cannot afford to create unnecessary
tension at this point in time. We assert that justice is the
soul of peace and whoever denies one can never enjoy the
other.
“We therefore demand a public statement from WAEC on
the supervisor’s identity and the official reprimand failing
which WAEC should blame itself for the reaction of
Muslims. Nigerian Muslims also want to know what
palliative WAEC has in store for the innocent girl who was
rudely disturbed during the biology examination. Will she
fail biology?
“We also appeal to the Federal Ministry of Education to
restrain examination bodies from imposing anti-Muslim
rules on registration guidelines.
“Here lies the real anatomy of terrorism and religious
violence. Fanatical officials use their positions to victimize
Muslims everyday in Nigeria. The natural corollary can only
be likened to smoke from fire.
“Nonetheless, we appeal to Muslims throughout the country
to remain calm and law abiding as WAEC and the Ministry
of Education take steps to address the matter. We advocate
dialogue in place of spontaneous or premeditated violence.
Muslim youths are warned not to take the law into their
hands.”
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