Alpha Conde, President of Guinea-Conakry has pledged to close Islamic schools where teachers and students wear the full veil, saying it’s a security threat and cited the “fight against terrorism” as reason for the decision. Senegal recently announced its intention to ban the burqa for security reasons.
Guinea-Conakry’s President Conde has pledged to close Islamic schools where teachers and students wear the full veil, or niqab, amid rising fears of Islamic extremism in the country and West African region.
Following terror attacks in neighbouring Mali that killed 19 people, President Conde cited the “fight against terrorism” as reason for the decision, Anadolu Agency reported.
“I will close all Quranic schools where students and teachers wear the full veil,” Conde reportedlytold a meeting of his Rally of the Guinean People party.
Recently, Senegal announced it is considering banning the burqa owing to the rising fears of Islamic extremism in the country. The country’s interior minister, Abdoulaye Daouda, said “women would no longer be allowed to wear the Islamic dress, which leaves only the eyes exposed,” The Guardian reported.
Daouda said the decision was a national security consideration to prevent terrorists from using the burqa as a disguise.
If the ban is enforced, Guinea would join Cameroon and Chad, who also banned the burqa this year citing similar security reasons following a spate of suicide attacks carried out by veiled bombers.
Source: Anadolu Agency