:Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria,
HURIWA, has reminded the Inspector General of
Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba that Hijab does not
protect female officers from AK-47 bullets.
HURIWA, in a statement on Sunday, also faulted the
decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to gift $1
million to Afghanistan through the Organisation of
Islamic Countries, OIC.
The civil rights advocacy group lambasted Usman
Baba, over the introduction of Islamic dress code
for female police officers in the country.
Similarly the group said it was unconstitutional for
President Buhari to donate $1 million of public fund
without appropriation to the OIC for onward
disbursement to the Islamic regime that came to
power by the barrel of a gun in Afghanistan.
The rights group said Section 10 of the Nigerian
Constitution makes Nigeria a secular State,
wondering when President Buhari will similarly play
“his illegal father Christmas role by donating to the
World’s Council of Churches or to adherents of
HURIWA said the attempt by Buhari and Usman
Baba to project Nigeria to the World as an Islamic
nation will backfire because millions of Nigerians
who have no religious affiliation “and the other
organised religious group of Christians and ATR will
never accept this sinister plots which will lead to
avoidable disaster,” just as the rights group asked
the duo to retrace their steps before it is too late.
“President Buhari and all the pro-Islamic fanatics
including those who hitherto professed loyalty to al-
quaeda and taliban Islamists but are still in Buhari’s
regime should consider the consequences of their
actions because the rest of the population that do
not share same faith won’t let themselves be
enslaved and conscripted to be citizens of an
Islamic State when the Nigerian Constitution rules
out the practicability and legality of elevating any
religion as State religion in Nigeria,” HURIWA said in
a statement signed by Comrade Emmanuel
Onwubiko, its National Coordinator.
“These government officials had better have a
change of hearts, respect the Constitution for the
sake of national security and stability because
Nigerians are watching and will take appropriate
steps to preserve their religious freedoms,” he
HURIWA said the new dress code for female
officers in the police, which include the use of hijab
and studded earring, would not in any way increase
the efficiency of police officers nor protect them
from flying AK-47 bullets fired by daring criminals
and bandits in the country of late.
Recall that the IGP on March 4, 2022, unveiled the
new dress code for female police officers, saying it
is in line with international best practices.
However, HURIWA’s Onwubiko declared that the
new dress code is illegal, unconstitutional and
sectarian, noting that it is an apparent move to
fulfill the Islamization agenda of President
Onwubiko said, “Despite the many challenges
including declining staff numbers, low morale, poor
training and poor welfare confronting the Nigeria
Police Force under IGP Usman Baba, it is
unfortunate that he chose to prioritise religious
adornment over weightier matters.
“HURIWA wonders how the new dress code is of
any usefulness to the shrinking 300,000 police
officers in the country whose salaries are barely
paid by the government and whose dilapidated
barracks are unfit for pigs let alone human beings.
“Logically speaking, to what intent and purpose is
the use of hijab for female police officers chasing
criminals on the streets of Lagos or combating
bandits on the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway? Would
the hijab deflect AK-47 bullets fired by bandits from
hitting the officers? The IGP should get serious.
“The Nigeria Police has been in existence since
1945 and wearing of hijab for female police officers
is illegal and unconstitutional as the religion of
public officers, including members of the security
agencies, should be a private matter to them.
“Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution stipulates that
government and all its agencies should be neutral
in religious matters while Section 42 of the same
Constitution forbids discrimination in all its
“The IGP, being a Muslim from Borno State where
Boko Haram operates freely, should not use the
post he currently occupies to enthrone Islam on the
plurality of members of the Force comprising
Muslims, Christians, Catholics, traditionalists, etc.
“The IGP should respect his oath of office and
desist from fanatism and the hijab controversy that
has sharply divided and inflamed states such as
Osun, Kwara, amongst others. He should desist
from such fanatism as demonstrated by the
government-backed Hisbah Police in northern
“If the Muslim female officers are allowed to wear
hijab, how should policemen and women who are in
the Celestial Church dress up when the practice of
their church is against wearing shoes at all? And
how should traditionalists who are in the police
force dress up, with charms and amulets round
“It is curious that the IGP who has woefully failed to
instill discipline and professionalism amongst his
operatives and footdragged in the case of alleged
notorious fraud accomplice and cop Abba Kyari is
the same person introducing a new dress code for
female police officers.
“Had things function well enough in Nigeria, the IGP
should have been prosecuted for crime against
humanity committed by his operatives in Imo state
as documented by Amnesty International but
President Buhari who too is a bigot and who
donated $1million of Nigeria’s money to
Afghanistan left the bigoted IGP in office and now
his most important job is to introduce hijab even
when his operatives behave like robbers like
unknown gunmen in South East and many places.
“This IGP is a failure and deserves to be sacked so
he can very well go back to North East to become
his local Imam in his local mosque.
“Usman Baba should focus on combating crime,
improve citizens engagement and help guaranty
safety of lives and property. The religious
preferences of policemen and women should be
their private matters.”