The women’s wing of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit, says Muslim women would vote for a presidential candidate that would allow them to wear hijab in public places freely without fear of harassment.
Vanguard reports that the group disclosed this during the 2022 Sisters Enlightenment Programme organised by MSSNLagos’ Sisters Circle held in Lagos and themed, ‘Blooming Mettle’.
Delivering the welcome address on behalf of the president (Amirah) of the association, Basheeroh Majekodunmi, the deputy president (Naibatul Amirah), Azeezah Gidigbi, urged Muslim women to participate actively in the forthcoming election.
She also spoke on the need for them to vote for candidates who would guarantee the rights of Muslim students at all levels of education.
“I want to use this medium to initiate talks on our role in the forthcoming general elections,” Gidigbi said.
“Not all persons can participate actively in politics but we need to elect leaders who will make informed decisions to better the lives of the youths, create enabling environment for businesses to thrive, and also important is to assure the security of rights of Muslim students in secondary schools and at all levels.
“We need a government that will ensure we are safe to use the hijab in schools, workplaces and society without fear of molestation or harassment. It is important to sensitise our parents, and guardians on the need to elect credible leaders and as youths, ensure we participate in the electioneering process.”
In her remarks, Hafsah Badru, a former president (Amirah) of the MSSNLagos, emphasised that a candidate’s track records, character and plans for Nigeria are secondary.
“We will only be considering a candidate that will respect the law and court ruling, including declaring support and issuing an official circular on the use of hijab,” she said.
“This is not a personal issue but something backed by the constitution. After this, we will begin to look at the track records, integrity, and plans of the candidates.”
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