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LAUTECH Niqab Crisis: Oyo Muslim Community Intervenes, Ensures Peaceful Resolutions As Lecturer Apologizes

The Muslim Community of Oyo State has intervened in the crisis surrounding the molestation of a 200 level Niqabi ODL Nursing Student, Shukurat Ayanbisi Jamiu, by Professor Ajibade Bayo Lawal, the Dean, Faculty of Nursing Science, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

The group in a statement on Tuesday said the immediate action taken by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) of LAUTECH to register its displeasure and seek redress is commendable, adding that the Professor has apologized to the family of the humiliated female student.

The Statement reads: “It is very disheartening that the sister was humiliated in the full glare of other students, to the sad extent that, she was weeping profusely, as an effect of the psychological trauma that was inflicted on her.

“Quite unfortunately, the evil was perpetrated by a Muslim Professor, who is expected and supposed to understand and be in the vanguard for the sanctity of wearing of Niqab by adult female Muslims, in obeisance to the tenets of Islam.”

It was gathered that Professor Ajibade Bayo Lawal having realised his mistake, showed deep emotions to the extent of weeping bitterly to show remorse and tendered his apologies to the female student, her husband and family as well as the entire Muslim Ummah.

Shukurat’s husband, Surveyor Badmus, who had threatened to withdraw her from the nursing programme and seek legal actions also accepted Prof. Lawal’s apologies in good faith while also agreeing to withdraw the petition earlier written by the lawyers of Sister Shukurat Ayanbisi Jamiu.

The mediation details are as follows;

“Entreaties were made to us on the fact that:
i. the Professor in question is a Muslim;
ii. the Professor deeply regrets his action
iii. LAUTECH Management should forthwith stop harassment of Muslim students, male and female, simply because they appear as Muslims;
iv. we should find a way of amicable settlement of the issue, without undermining the rights of Muslims, males (because we hear that Muslim males are also harassed because of their beards)and females, in LAUTECH.

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“The Muslim Community of Oyo State constituted a panel, to look into the matter, with the following as members:

  1. Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni – Chairman
    2.Alhaji Murisiku Abidemi Siyanbade – Secretary-General,
  2. Dr. Dawud Amoo Alaga – Chairman, Shura
  3. High Chief Abdur Rasheed Adegoke – Bagii of Saki
  4. Alhaji AbdulGaniyy Abdussallam- Welfare Officer
  5. Alhaji Abdur Rasheed Abdul Azeez – Special Assistant to Oyo State Governor on Islamic Affairs

 
“RESOLUTION
On Monday 22nd November 2021, the leadership of the Muslim Community of Oyo State invited our brother, Surveyor Prince Badmus Yinusa, the husband of Sister Shukurat Ayanbisi Jamiu and Professor Ajibade Bayo Lawal to a meeting.

“At the meeting, which had the Professor’s team, the team of Surveyor Prince Badmus Yinusa, the sister’s husband and the leadership of the Muslim Community of Oyo State, the following steps were taken:
i. Professor Ajibade Bayo Lawal was reprimanded for disparaging Islam;
ii. He, (Professor Ajibade Bayo Lawal) having realised his mistake, showed deep emotions. He WEPT BITTERLY to show remorse and TENDERED PROFUSE APOLOGY to the sister and the entire Muslim Ummah;
iii. He (Professor Bayo Lawal) also pleaded with Surveyor Badmus Yinusa, the husband of the sister, who had earlier concluded to withdraw his wife from the Nursing programme, not to let his wife withdraw from the program;
iv. the husband of the sister, Surveyor Prince Badmus Yinusa, accepted the apology and appealed to the entire Muslim Ummah, to also accept the apology in the spirit of the earlier quoted exhortations from the Qur’an and Hadith. In fact, he could not help but allow his tears to flow, from his love for, and fear of Allah;
v. the husband of the sister, who had earlier decided to withdraw his wife from the programme, accepted to let her continue;
vi. the husband also agreed to withdraw the petition earlier written by the lawyers of Sister Shukurat Ayanbisi Jamiu;
vii. the Management of LAUTECH should note that now or in the future, the sister, and others like her, should never be made to suffer any backlash from the incident that happened on Wednesday, 17th November 2021
vii. the Management of LAUTECH is also urged to give effect to the University manual, which allows students to wear hijab and niqab (face veil), without any further hindrance. Abuse and harassment of male students who have beards should also stop forthwith”.

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The leadership of the Muslim Community of Oyo State, therefore, appreciates all Muslim groups and personalities, who continue to resist the oppression of Muslims and Islam, in any form.

The body further urges all establishments and institutions to put a permanent stop to all anti-Islam and anti-Muslim policies and actions, in the interest of peace in Oyo State.

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