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MURIC tackles UI Int’l school over suspension of hijab-wearing student, calls for protests

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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has kicked against the recent suspension of an hijab-wearing student of the International School of the University of Ibadan, by the school authorities.

The group in a statement issued on Monday, described the suspension of Ms Ikhlas Olasubomi Badiru on Sept. 26, on account of her hijab as “superfluous, preposterous and provocative”.

Reacting to the incident, MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, called for peaceful demonstrations in and around the University of Ibadan in solidarity with, Ikhlas Badiru.

“We hereby declare Friday, Sept. 11 Ikhlas Day. The slogan of the day is ‘Suspend One, Suspend All. ‘I am Ikhlas’.

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“That day is for peaceful demonstrations in and around UI in solidarity with our sister, Ikhlas Badiru.

“All members of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria in and around Ibadan and the Oyo State chapter of MURIC are hereby mobilised to join their brothers and sisters in UI on that day,” he said.

According to him, the authorities of the school were not justified in their actions.

“It is as clear as daylight that the school principal has very poor crisis management skill and she manifests desertification of damage control techniques.

“We call on Nigerians to note what is happening in ISI. Muslim children are being stigmatised just for wearing an ordinary headscarf, not for engaging in cultism or for cheating in examinations,” he said.

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