Muslim News, Nigeria’s foremost Islamic Newspaper, has declared “The Hijab Vanguards” as the winners of the 2021 Nigerian Muslim Personality of the Year (MNAwards) category.
The Publisher, Alhaji Rasheed Abubakar, in a statement said: “This year, we are recognising twelve (12) outstanding Muslim personalities from different organisations and institutions that contributed to the hijab victory at the Supreme Court of Nigeria. They are called ‘The Hijab Vanguards.’”
The personalities are: Asiyat AbdulKareem, the molested student who dragged the Lagos State government to court; Barrister Hassan Fajimite, who led Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN), Lagos State Chapter, to the final judgment; Hajiah Basheeerah Majekodunmi, female President, Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State, who also joined the case and provided moral support.
Others are: Prof Ishaq Akintola, the Director of Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC; Hajiah Mutiat Orolu-Balogun of Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative, (HRAI); former female President of Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Hajiyah Halima Jubril; National President of Muslim Media Practitioner of Nigeria, MMPN, Alhaji AbdurRahman Balogun, and Sunday Editor, The Guardian newspaper, Alhaji Kabir Alabi Garba.
Hon. Saidu Musa Abdullahi, a lawmaker representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency of Niger State, and initiator of “Religious Discrimination (Prohibition, Prevention) Bill, 2021” and Hajia Idayat Asiwaju, hijab heroine at School of Nursing, Igando, Lagos also made the list.