PROF LAWAL AJIBADE OF LAUTECH HAS TENDERED PUBLIC APOLOGY. LET US PUT AN END TO FURTHER DISCUSSIONS ON THE ISSUE OF HIJAB THAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK.
MUSLIM COMMUNITY OF OYO STATE
Tuesday, 23rd November, 2021
RE: LAUTECH NIQAB CRISIS INVOLVING A 200 LEVEL ODL NURSING STUDENT AND DEAN, FACULTY OF NURSING SCIENCE
The Muslim Community of Oyo State, views with serious concern, the molestation, on Wednesday 17th November, 2021, of a Muslim 200 level Niqabi ODL Nursing Student, Shukurat Ayanbisi Jamiu, by Professor Ajibade Bayo Lawal, Dean, Faculty of Nursing Science, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.
The immediate responsive physical action taken by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) of LAUTECH to register its displeasure and seek redress is commended.
It is very disheartening that the sister was humiliated in the full glare of other students, to the sad extent that 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.
Entreaties were made to us on the fact that:
i. the Professor in question is a
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
iv. we should find a way of
amicable settlement of the
issue, without undermining the
rights of Muslims, male
(because we hear that Muslim
males are also harassed
because of their beards)and
female, in LAUTECH.
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,
3. Dr. Dawud Amoo Alaga – Chairman, Shura
4. High Chief Abdur Rasheed Adegoke – Bagii of Saki
5.Alhaji AbdulGaniyy Abdussallam- Welfare Officer
6. Alhaji Abdur Rasheed Abdul Azeez – Special Assistant to Oyo State Governor on Islamic Affairs
The intervention panel was guided by the following ayah of the Qur’an
الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ فِي السَّرَّاءِ وَالضَّرَّاءِ وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ وَالْعَافِينَ عَنِ النَّاسِ وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ
Those who spend (benevolently) in ease as well as in straitness, and those who restrain (their) anger and pardon men; and Allah loves the doers of good (to others).
and also, the Hadith of the Prophet (ﷺ): which says:
حَدَّثَنَا مُسَدَّدٌ، حَدَّثَنَا مُعْتَمِرٌ، عَنْ حُمَيْدٍ، عَنْ أَنَسٍ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ” انْصُرْ أَخَاكَ ظَالِمًا أَوْ مَظْلُومًا ”. قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ هَذَا نَنْصُرُهُ مَظْلُومًا، فَكَيْفَ نَنْصُرُهُ ظَالِمًا قَالَ ” تَأْخُذُ فَوْقَ يَدَيْهِ
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. People asked, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! It is all right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “By preventing him from oppressing others.”
On Monday 22nd November 2021, the leadership of 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, spoke to accept 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;
The leadership of the Muslim Community of Oyo State appreciates all Muslim groups and personalities, who continue to resist oppression of Muslims and Islam, in any form.
We also appreciate Surveyor (Prince) Badmus Yinusa, the husband of Sister Shukurat Ayanbisi Jamiu, who displayed modesty and love for Allah (swt) and His Prophet (ﷺ) by allowing the leadership of the Muslim Ummah in the State to mediate in this matter. May Almighty Allah reward you abundantly, here and in the hereafter.
We hereby express appreciation to all Muslim groups, organisations and various interest groups who have shown concern in this matter and urge them all to please accept these resolutions we have reached, in the interest of peace and Muslim Brotherhood. May Allah (swt) reward our individual and collective efforts in the cause of Islam
In conclusion, we warn 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.
Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni
Alhaji Murisiku Abidemi Siyanbade
*PICTURE EVIDENCE ONE*
In the picture, taken after the meeting, from the left:
1.Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni, Chairman, Muslim Community of Oyo State; 2.Prof. Ajibade Bayo Lawal of LAUTECH;
3.Surveyor Prince Badmus Yinusa, the husband of the student, Sister Shukurat Ayanbisi Jamiu;
4.Alhaji Murisiku Abidemi Siyanbade, Secretary-General, Muslim Community of Oyo State;
5.Alhaji High Chief Rasheed Adegoke, Bagii of Saki;
6.Dr. Dawud Ayodele Amoo, Chairman, Shura of Muslim Community of Oyo State and;
7. Alhaji Abdur-Rasheed Abdul-Azeez, Special Assistant on Islamic Affairs to His Excellency, The Governor of Oyo State
*PICTURE EVIDENCE TWO*
Picture from left: 1. Professor Ajibade Bayo Lawal of LAUTECH and 2. Surveyor Prince Badmus Yinusa ( the husband of Niqabi Sister Shukurat Ayanbisi Jamiu) – after the meeting on Tuesday, 22nd November, 2021.