Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, has stated that female Muslim students have the right to wear hijab as supported by the constitution of Nigeria.
The sultan made this known on Sunday while speaking at the 4th General Assembly of the Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria (MUSWEN) themed “Muslim Unity and Contemporary Political Challenges in Nigeria”.
The event which took place at the University of Ibadan saw the sultan urging those championing the cause of Islam to pursue it in a peaceful manner and not with confrontations.
“Muslims must be law-abiding, the moment we are attacking each other, then there will be no peace. So we need peace. And we have been doing our own in silence. I urge all of you to be law-abiding. The issue is at the court and since it is in the court, we can’t make further statement, so that we don’t commit contempt of the court.
“Demand for your rights within the ambit of the law. I urge all of you to be patient because Almighty Allah loves patient people. On the issue of Hijab at the university, there are some organizations that are advocating for it, let them continue advocating, but at our own level we have been doing ours silently.
“In the constitution, we have freedom of religion. If my religion allows me to wear Hijab, nobody should stop me. So our politicians and leaders must know that’’.