Who else noticed the tone of hostility and sarcasm in the response given by the General Secretary to the Christian Association of Nigeria, Joseph Daramola when he was asked for his input on the bill in the House of Representatives that would force military organizations to allow female officers to wear hijab.
This bill, Religious Discrimination (Prohibition, Prevention) Bill, 2020, which has now passed the second reading in the House of Representatives prevents the military from discriminating against the use of hijab.
I don’t think that there is anything wrong with this bill, and at the same time, CAN’s stand on this bill can be reasoned with as they believe that the bill is insignificant and uncalled for as Nigeria has more pressing issues at hand than to worry about the dress code of religious military personnel’s.
But, the approach to making this known, by saying that ‘‘they can wear the hijab if it protects them from bullets on the battlefield’’ is sarcastic and ill mannered.
Here are the questions that need to be asked…
- How else do you think the Christian Association of Nigeria should have responded to this?
- What do you think about this bill? Is this very important to implement this bill or do you share the same views on this as the CAN?
- Don’t you think that the Governments involvement in religious laws and practices especially in the Islamic religion, is getting too much? I mean, first it was the use of hijab in secondary schools, now it is the use of hijab in military organizations, what is your reaction to this?