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ICC Note: As Nigeria considers the possible of a ban of the hijab in order to fight Boko Haram terrorism, the country’s Muslim leaders are seaking out in earnest about the policy consideration. The hijab is a veil Muslim women wear to promote modesty covering the head and shoulders. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari told the media that he would consider a ban in the fight against Boko Haram because the terror group remains notorious for indoctrinating young girls to become suicide bombers, concealing explosives beneath hijabs before detonating them. Nigerian Muslim leaders have called the measure counterproductive to religious freedom.

1/5/16 Lagos, Nigeria (News24 Nigeria) – The Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC) Nigeria has lamented the possible ban of the hijab in the country as an affront to the religious freedom of Muslim women.

MPAC Executive Chairman, Disu Kamor, said such sentiments by President Muhammadu Buhari, which he made during a chat with media on Wednesday, were unnecessary.

“As the nation confronts grave issues that affect our national security, unity and prosperity, we are plagued with excessive and unnecessary talk about secondary issues and folklore like the role that a piece of cloth on the head plays in countering terrorism,” said Kamor.

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