The use of long hijab (Muslim veil) during the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation exercises will remain prohibited, in view of the prevailing security concerns in the country.
The Director General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi, who stated this when he received the League of Muslim Youths in Da’awah yesterday in Abuja, expressed regrets that terrorists in recent times, have used ladies who wore long hijabs with suicide belts underneath, to kill people.
While reiterating NYSC’s tremendous respect for the religion and tribe of every Nigerian, the scheme also had the responsibility of protecting the lives of corps members under its watch during the orientation camping exercise.
Olawumi, however, urged the female corps members to use the short hijabs while they were in camp and solicited the understanding of the league in enlightening the youth on the matter in orientation camps.
Earlier, National Coordinator and Amir of the league, Barrister Lukman Hassan, said their visit was to express their disappointment on the scheme for prohibiting hijabs for female Muslim corps members in orientation camps, urging the scheme to allow every citizen their rights to religion.