The Muslim Congress (TMC) has said that the recent approval of new dress code for police women was in order.
The association added that it has thrown its weight behind the recent adjustment to the police uniform by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Nigeria.
DAILY POST recalls that a new dress code has been approved for police women.
The new dress code allows police women to wear headscarves under their berets or peak caps.
TMC has, however, thrown its weight behind the recent approval.
Waali of TMC in Ogun State, Dr Abdulrazaq Ogunmoye, in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday, said that the decision is consistent with equity and fairness.
Ogunmoye added that it is unconstitutional to discriminate against Muslim women and deny them the rights to join the police force because of their religious belief.
He maintained that the use of hijab by Muslim women is in line with right to freedom of religion as enshrined in section 38(1) and freedom against discrimination as contained in section 42 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He urged other government parastatals to emulate the Nigeria Police in line with global best practice.
He said, â€œDespite the police not mentioning Hijab, Muslims and Islam when it released the guidelines, undue criticism from few Nigerians keep rationalizing when all Nigerians who work and have anything to do with public institutions must appear â€œhalf-nakedâ€ in line with self-imposed rules on minimum acceptable ways in which people must dress in public places or institutions.
â€œThe negative criticism is understandable as Islamphobia has been built into the subconscious minds of some non-Muslims who criticize anything with attached to Islam.
The approved new dress code for women officers will address the issue of marginalization whereby Hijab wearing female Muslims willing to join the police force could not achieve their dream because of this.
â€œThis is the reason female Muslims must be allowed to use hijab on all occasions â€“ official, unofficial, public or private places as they deem fit and in accordance with their doctrine.
â€œWe commend the leadership of the Nigerian Police for allowing reason to prevail and permit Muslim women who have been denied opportunity to join the police force will now have the opportunity to do so.
â€œAnd we also appeal to other government parastatals to emulate the Nigeria Police in line with global best practice.â€