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(Compass) – Nigerian officials have reinstated 11 Christian nurses at the Federal Medical Center in Azare, a town in the northern state of Bauchi, more than two years after they were fired for refusing to abide by an Islamic dress code. Health Minister Eyitayo Lambo, acting on behalf of the Nigerian government, recalled the 11 nurses on Monday, August 2. The nurses’ ordeal started when the medical director of the government hospital in Azare attempted to impose Islamic dress on female hospital personnel in January 2002. The nurses’ plight drew the attention of religious liberty organizations around the world.