President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to take a decision on whether or not to ban the use of hijab, a veil commonly worn by Muslim women to cover the head and chest, says the presidency.
President Buhari, while answering a question during his maiden presidential media chat on Wednesday, said that the federal government may consider banning the use of hijabs if suicide bomb attacks continue to be carried out by culprits who hide explosives under such coverings.
The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu on Saturday however described reports that the mode of dressing had already been banned as “insinuations and rumours.”
The presidential spokesman said the present administration would consult stakeholders before a decision is made, adding that the government will always respect the rights of Muslims to protect their modesty and allow religious freedom as it affects everyone.
Earlier, Shehu in a statement quoted President Buhari as saying that steps must be taken with caution in order to avoid mistakes, in defence to criticism about the perceived slow pace of his administration. “People say we are slow. We are trying to change structures put in place by our predecessors in office for 16 years. If we hurry it, we will make mistakes. That will be a disaster,” the President said.