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It’s a Law For Women, Not Against Muslims

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France’s so-called “Burqa-ban” has once again been making headlines across the globe in recent days after riots were sparked in a Paris suburb when a Muslim woman was stopped by police.

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On Monday the French government defended the controversial law. France’s interior minister moved to defend the country’s controversial ban on full-face veils after it triggered yet another bout of unrest outside Paris, which he said had now been “contained”.

The weekend violence in the suburb of Trappes erupted after a man was detained for allegedly attacking a police officer who had stopped his wife over her full-face veil — a practice that is banned in France, outraging many in the Muslim community.

“The law banning the full-face veil is a law for women… It is not for a second a law against Islam,” Manuel Valls said.

“It is a law against practices that have nothing to do with our traditions and our values, and the police did their work perfectly well.”

France, home to Europe’s largest Muslim population – estimated at 5 million – has banned women from wearing full-face veils in public since April 2011, and authorities say about 300 women were caught breaking the law in the first year it was in force.

Violations are punishable by a fine of up to €150 ($200) or mandatory citizenship training, and the ban has caused huge resentment and has led to flare-ups of violence.

It has also led to landmark court cases, such as that of the nursery assistant who was sacked for refusing to remove her Islamic head scarf. The decision was later annulled by an appeal court, on the grounds of religious “discrimination”.

There have also been cases, albeit rare, of citizens taking vigilante action against Muslim women for wearing veils in public. Recently it was reported that a pregnant Muslim woman lost her baby after being kicked in the midriff by one such vigilante.

Later on Monday French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the weekend violence was “unacceptable” and called on everyone to respect the law.

Speaking in Grenoble, Ayrault said: “We are a state of law in a republic and the law must be respected by all… it is the role of the police and the role of justice to enforce it. Laws cannot simply be enforced by waving a magic wand.”

Police treated us like animals

French prosecutors say the husband of the Muslim woman who was stopped last week allegedly attacked and tried to strangle the officer.

Valls said it was “unacceptable that someone would want to avoid being stopped and worse still attack the police”. Valls said he had no doubt that the police maintained a respectful attitude during the stop.

But in a statement released on Monday, the man’s lawyer denied the allegation, saying it was “false” without elaborating.

The man, identified as Mickael, was released from custody on Saturday and is due to appear before a court in September.

France’s Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) has denounced the “strong arm” action of the police, which they said was “violent and provocative”.

On its website CCIF published a statement made by the woman in which she details her version of events when police pulled her aside.

The statement, which was published in both French and English reads: “The policeman grabbed me by the head of my veil and dragged me with a dreadful strength to press me on the hood of the car, while yelling: “You’re talking to me?? You’re talking to me??”

“I turned and I saw my husband held on the ground by two policemen who were putting him the handcuffs.

“Once in the police car, they yelled at us like we were animals. They threatened my husband: ‘What are you gonna do now, uh! Bastard!’ with their clenched fists.”

“Once we arrived at the police station, people called me “a ghost” (because of the full-veil).”

In a statement on their website the CCIF added: “We ask the police forces to fulfill their mission to protect the population, without intimidation or provocation.”

A similar outbreak of unrest occurred last month when authorities stopped a 25-year-old woman who was wearing a full-face veil in Argenteuil, a suburb northwest of Paris.

An angry crowd gathered and police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse them.

Politicians blame lack of integration in France

Various politicians from France’s right-wing parties have blamed the veil riots on a lack of integration and said the Socialist government has done nothing to help.

Marine Le Pen, head of France’s far right National Front party said “These kind of riots have been increasing for years, both under the UMP and Socialist governments.

The French Republic has too weak a hand: due to the laxity of various governments it is losing its power struggle with the thugs, the Islamists and the ringleaders.”

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Eniola Badmus fires back at troll who body-shamed her

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Popular comic actress, Eniola Badmus has fired back at a troll who tried to make mockery of her body for wearing bikini.

The troll asked the actress why everything about her has fallen.

“Why everything come fall for up?,” the troll commented on the actress’s photo on LIB’s Instagram page with crying emoji.

And she replied: “Just the way your mama own fall”

The actress also complimented her own photo, writing that “looking good is a good business.”

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We Need N81 Million To Cut Grass In Abuja Stadium: Nigerian Minister

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has revealed that it will cost the ministry N81m to cut the grass and clear the weed that have taken over the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

He stated this recently while speaking during the one-day seminar organised by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter.

According to him, the ministry approached the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) for assessment in the stadium, which was built in 2003 with N53 billion on a 29 hectares (72 acres) of land.

The stadium is divided into Package A which houses the Main Bowl and Package B which houses other facilities like basketball courts, NFF office, volleyball courts, tennis courts, squash courts.

“We approached AEPB to come see what can be done to clear the grass and weed in the stadium and they told us it will cost us N81m.

“If we tell Nigerians we used N81m which is not even available, there will be an outcry. The funds are not really there for us and that is why we are partnering with private investors to bring back the key components of our infrastructures,” he said.

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It’s smart if a man refuses to date a jobless woman in Nigeria — Leo DaSilva

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Ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Leo Da Silva recently got internet users debating afte he waded into a conversation centered on men refusing to date women who are not financially stable.

A lady who disclosed that she’s a student, had tweeted;

I’ve seen tweets from guys saying they can’t date a girl that’s not financially stable. I’m a student. But never, like never have I felt attacked by such tweets. What’s actually up with some guys on Twitter? What I want must not make sense to you. It’s choice boo

Reacting to this, Leo stated that it’s a smart choice for young men to refuse to date jobless women. He added that guys should have their own preference just as women have theirs.

He tweeted in response;

Guys should have their own preference just as women have theirs. Dating someone that’s not working or doesn’t have adequate allowance is a burden. Nigeria, the poverty capital of the world, if a young man trying to come up refuses that burden, I think it’s a smart choice.

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