The BringBackOurGirls group has dismissed calls by some anti-insurgency advocates that hijab should be banned as some neighbouring countries have done in recent times, warning that the banning of hijab is not the solution to the problems of insurgency because there have been more suicide bombings without hijab.
One of the leaders of the group Aisha Yesufu, speaking at the group’s sit-out in Abuja on Sunday, said the suggestion to ban hijab is actually a sensitive issue as it is a way of life and worship in Islamic religion and hence, should not be open to debate.
Yesufu, however, suggested that instead of banning hijab, the suggestions should be geared towards ensuring that there are forensic data of everybody in the country so that there could be easy traces if anything happens to anyone.
In her words, “Talking about banning of hijab is not the reality. All we need is forensic investigation. We have a lot of registration, with our pictures and others. When a suicide bombing occurs, the military will solve the problem by beginning to know who did it and their families. We should be told the last thing they did. We will be able to trace who they are.
“I hate it when my government says it is happening in other places. We want more to be done. When a bomb blast occurs, the military only just tells us the number of people that died. We don’t even know who did it. If we will be able to see the pictures of those who commit the crime, it will help create fear in people. If we are serious with our services, it will help to solve this problem and even create jobs.
“The Boko Haram sect is the one giving us narrative and we are following them. We don’t even know the members. We only know about Shekarau.
“Nigerians sit down and are scared. They need solution to this problem and fast.
“Exposure and education are very important. The bane of the crises in the country is fundamentally lack of knowledge. It is all about the mindset. As enlightened people, we should create the awareness that all this is about our mindset. Enlightenment, exposure and education; these are what the country needs to give its citizens and that is how the nation will grow,” Aisha stated.
The group lamented that people have forgotten about the Chibok girls, noting that it is unfair that people will be moving on, celebrating Sallah without any sign of remembrance of the Chibok girls.