Muslims across the country are unhappy with the remarks of Supreme Court judge nominee Justice Issifu Tank Amadu over the wearing of Hijab in schools.
The Appeal Court judge told the Parliament vetting committee Monday that he saw no problem with secular schools stopping Muslim girls from wearing the Hijab at the primary and secondary levels.
He, however, added it becomes a problem if the same posture is taken at workplaces.
But commenting on the remarks, Islamic Scholar Sheikh Bagaya told Morning Starr host Francis Abban that the position of the judge is contrary to the dictates of the Quran.
“The issue of hijab is not direction instruction women but to men as well. It is standard teaching in the Quran. As a Muslim scholar, I’m happy that he is occupying such a prestigious position and all Muslims are happy for him and that is why there.
“But for the pronouncement he had made yesterday, my understanding from the Muslim community is that it is very very worrisome for many Muslims,” he said.
Also expressing concerns on the comment by the judge, the convenor of the Hijab Is My Identity Campaign Bashiratu Kamal said the judge has disappointed the Muslim Community and should expect a reaction.
“It is rather unfortunate that people who are supposed to be custodians of the law hold these kinds of opinions. I know he is an authority on the religion than me but looking at it from the human rights point, I was very disappointed.