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House of Reps. Set to Legalise Wearing of Hijab in Military

A bill has been brought before the floor of the House of Representatives that seeks to allow female military personnel wear hijab.

Nigeria has been divided for a long time now on such a small matter as head covering. While the Christian and liberal community believes hijabs should not be worn in non Islamic settings or establishments, others, especially of the Muslim community believe otherwise.

The bill which has been dubbed the Religious Discrimination (Prohibition, Prevention) Bill, 2020, has already passed second reading.

It was gathered that the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Saidu Abdullahi sponsored the bill.
Article 13(2) reads, “Any person employed in the security sector, whether within the military or paramilitary or otherwise, shall not be discriminated against on the ground of the exercise of his right to manifestation of his religion in worship, teaching, practice and observance such as wearing religious emblem, head cover, or hijab in concomitant with the common uniform code or code of conduct in relation to the choice of colour, type, or design of such religious emblem, religious head cover or hijab.”

The bill also adds that the High Court will have original jurisdiction on matters patterning to enforcing the law, if passed.

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