Four African countries say no to niqab, Islamic leader says no problem

With the recent upsurge of Boko Haram attacks, including suicide bombings increasingly carried out by young women, a number of African governments, including Congo, Chad, Cameroon and Guinea, have initiated a ban on wearing the niqab, the full-face veil.

“We have accepted this measure because we want the security of our country and our citizens,” El Hadj Djibril Habdoulaye Bopaka, president of the Congolese Supreme Islamic Council, told Anadolu Agency. “If they had forbidden Muslims to pray in mosques, to build mosques, read the Quran or train young Muslims, we obviously would not have reacted the same way.”