Muslim Society urges Lagos Commissioners to focus on youth development

Yusuf Akinlotan, Lagos

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The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN has urged newly appointed commissioners in Lagos State to prioritize education and youths development.

The president of the MSSN in Lagos State, Dr Saheed Ashafa, said this in a press statement to congratulate the newly inaugurated executives.

While felicitating with the cabinet members, Ashafa warned them against religious bias and discrimination.

Ashafa said, “Those appointed must realise that they are in the position to serve and solve problems not to live large on the masses resources. We pray that their tenure will be full of positivities and improvements via selfless service in office.

 “However, we like to reiterate our zero tolerance for religious bias. Our position remains that people of other religions should be allowed to practice their faith while our own rights should not be denied. 

 “As much as we guarantee the government peaceful engagement, we will not tolerate abuse of rights of our members, especially females who wear hijab to schools as legally backed by the ruling of Court of Appeal.”

 Ashafa advised the new executive cabinet members to consult their predecessors to avoid crisis in the State.

He urged them not to engage in hijab phobia and religious biased acts that could make the students force the governor to sack them.

“In the past, we have had ugly engagements with governments. We hope that court orders and the position of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria on freedom of religion is adhered to,” he said.

The students-based organisation leader said the MSSN Lagos admires Sanwo- Olu’s plans to improving quality of education in the State.

He urged the new Commissioner for Education,  Mrs  Folashade Adefisayo,  to implement technology driven policy that would add value to the current standard of education in Lagos.

He advocated fairness and equity in appointment of heads of education parastatals and use of hijab for their (Muslim) female pupils.

 

Confidence Okwuchi