Hijab Controversy: Affected law graduate, Amasa Firdaus, speaks

Nigerian Law School graduate, Amasa Firdaus
Nigerian Law School graduate, Amasa Firdaus. [Photo credit: Al Jazeera]

The Nigerian Law School graduate denied access to the venue of the call to the bar ceremony earlier this week says her demand remains the need to grant approval for the use of hijab among Muslim law graduates.

Firdaus Amasa, a graduate of the University of Ilorin, had been denied access to the ceremony after insisting on wearing hijab during the ceremony.

Ms. Amasa was specifically refused entry into the hall for insisting to wear the wig on top of her hijab – a headscarf.

The case has attracted significant attention on social media, with Nigerians divided on her decision and that of the authorities of the law school.

Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday, Ms. Amasa maintained that she remained resolute in her convictions to set a precedent for Hijab-wearing Muslims during the ceremony.

“My major concern is the approval of Hijab so that every person coming behind me will be able to use it for the call to bar (ceremony),” she told PREMIUM TIMES.

When asked whether she was aware of rules and regulations that guide against the use of Hijab at the ceremony, she said there was none, stressing that it was merely based on conventions.

“There is nothing like that (laws preventing the use of Hijab),” she told PREMIUM TIMES. “When you ask them too, they tell you it is convention; that that is how it is done and it has to remain like that.”

Asked what motivated her to take the decision, she explained that she wanted to change the narrative and give Muslim sisters the rights to express their constitutional rights as enshrined in the constitution.

“I knew that was what was going to happen,” she said of the consequences of her decision. She, however, said she remained resolute in her convictions to speak for the recognition of rights of female Muslim law graduates.

She explained further that the Law School has not said anything on the case, adding that the support from the Muslim community has been impressive.

“My demand is that Hijab should be approved,” she affirmed.

Meanwhile, Tawakalitu Amasa, a younger sister to Ms. Amasa, also called on Nigerians irrespective of religious leanings to support the cause.

Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday, she argued that there was nothing illegal about what her sister has done.

“All we are clamoring for is to allow hijab in legal profession because it is our right,” she said in a chat with PREMIUM TIMES.

Efforts to get the reaction of the Nigerian Law School, however, were unsuccessful as at the time of this report.


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  • Abdullah Musa

    Hijab is on the head of the wearer so what is all the fuss about?

    • Saheed Balogun

      She was asked to remove it before can enter the hall. They don’t want her in the hall with the hijab

      • Abdullah Musa

        The question Malam Saheed is: why should we be too fetish about clothing?
        We did not invent the wig, so what makes it sacred?
        The lawyers, Judges who wore the wig correctly but defrauded the nation are better than the young woman who dressed as he Creator commanded her?

        • Sat

          The hijab your talking about was it ‘invented’ in Nigeria? It’s a borrowed culture too.

          • Abdullah Musa

            Then why should one borrowed culture insist another borrowed culture should not see the light of the day?

          • AAGachi

            thank you my brother, you have said it all

          • Lucky Ugbo

            There should be no sentiment here. I want to ask. Is hijab part of the dress code of a lawyer? Is she the first female Muslim to study law and be called to bar? In this particular ceremony is she the only female Muslim lawyer called to bar? Why did she choose to start unnecessary controversy. Or she simply want to tell her parents that she used their money judiciously. I think she just want cheap popularity and nothing more. There are moles in the Armed forces and the paramilitary why are they not wearing hijab on uniform. Uniform is uniform and should exclude all other things that are not part of it. Please.

          • sola

            God bless you, I will rest my case on this your submission.

          • Abdullah Musa

            Thanks.

          • Manuel Tobby

            That is all that you guys contribute to humanity, culture!!!

          • Abdullah Musa

            We are glad we are able to do just that.

        • marc umeh

          Which creator ? You came to the world naked and you will leave the same way . Anything else is bull.

        • Manuel Tobby

          Was it you or Yr father that invented the hijab???
          Rubbish

          • Abdullah Musa

            What you failed to do and relied on insults all along, is to show how you are PERSONALLY harmed by a lady wearing Hijab.
            Find another avenue to abuse Muslims not on the issue of a lady’s constitutional right.

      • sola

        She can’t be asked to remove it completely…there are ways Muslim ladies tie scaff or wear something like cap in a decent way that you will love it..then place the wig on it..i still maintain my point that just to adjust d hijab for that occasion is no big deal..she just want to jeopardise her chances in the profession.

        • Saheed Balogun

          She was asked to remove it completely. Confirmed

          • sola

            Remove completely? Waoh..its just for the occasion not forever ..guess it’s just for security reasons..she should know better, with all these useless suicide bombers everywhere..

  • Joe

    Young lawyer, kindly use the knowledge you acquired to lift human lives and avoid causing confusion and negativity by using religion to cause problems. Using hijab or not using it will not make Allah to grant u Al janna. But if ur aim is to attract attention, then I feel very sorry for you.

    • sola

      I agree with you my brother..does wearing hijab guarantee Al janna? And besides..i don’t see any big deal in adjusting d hijab for d ceremony and after she can do whatever with it..afterall, I see and know a magistrate in this Lagos that wears Hijab..am sure during her call to bar..she adjusted it for the occasion..and she’s really doing well and very likable woman..so just trying to create attention..with hijab issue she might might jeopardise many chances..you can’t fight law school and win just like that..let her be wise..

      • pheliciti

        She will win this one. And she’s laying a good example by making a sacrifice for her convictions. She will be called later, thus becoming junior at the bar to her peers. That’s the stuff the Rosa Parks of this world are made of.
        Not surprised seeing people that can’t stand for any principle condemning her action.
        To those determining how she should dress, she’s said loudly that the system can’t push her around. Let the loud feminists around copy the example- action and sacrifice speak louder than mere words.

        • Manuel Tobby

          You are comparing this attention seeker with Rosa parks? Fighting for Hijab??!!!
          You are clowning!
          What has she done for women with VVF, almajiris, rape victims etc????
          Nothing but rioting over hijab and suddenly she is now like Rosa parks !!!
          You must be a comedian

        • sam dede

          Another mumu

          • pheliciti

            Of course, abuse comes easily to you since you are incapable of rational thought.

      • AAGachi

        Wearing Hijab is part of religious obligation, all those criticizing her move can not substantiate on any law that forbid a woman from wearing her hijab!!

        • sola

          Guess you didn’t digest the post well before you comment, Nobody says she should not wear her hijab..she was not the only female Muslim at the ceremony..there are ways she can do the hijab and still put on the wig..biko..I know female lawyers that are Muslims, there is this popular cap they wear nowadays..then the wig will be on top..it is not the hair they are trying to cover?

  • nawawi

    It was because in the first instance, the to which she graduated is un islamic, Islam as a religion and way of life has laws and code of coduct, think of what you do first

  • sorbitol

    Am sure this girl graduated with a “pass”. She is just looking for attention and popularity.

    • thusspokez

      She has obviously hurt her career by her own device.

      • idavies

        No, she has become a star

        • Zachary Aiji Audu

          which useless star? which lawfirm will hire such a religious fanatic after doing this? what a waste of time. after studying for 4years and 1year in law school, she cannot stay for 2hours without wearing the hijab. Waste of sperm

          • idavies

            This is Islam; a religion with principles and a guidance for mankind. In your human thought, removing the Hijab for 2 hours may seems logic but in faith you work with God’s instruction. This is what differentiate Islam from others. I can tell you that at the end of this issue, the world will celebrate her and you will witness and attest the success.

          • sam dede

            Orbor

    • Yusuf

      For ur information the likes of u can not match her intellect, pls do ur research very well to know what she graduated with from her university and even the law school exams, perhaps people like u will see the light.

      • Manuel Tobby

        Do research on who? What record did she set more than the story on hijab???

      • sam dede

        Orbor

  • thusspokez

    Ms. Amasa maintained that she remained resolute in her convictions to set a precedent for Hijab-wearing Muslims during the ceremony.

    Stúpid trouble-maker. What a way to start her career by making it 10 times more difficult: How many law firms will now give her apprenticeship, let alone employ her?

    • Sekular State

      @thusspokez:disqus

      Islam is greatest threat to world peace

      The world is coming to see that Islamism is cancer. No bomb must be spared to kill off these rabid Islamists,
      because they don’t think and have no sense that religion must be within the limits of reason alone. Give the
      Islamists an inch they will ask for a yard. That is the insidiousness nature of Islam as the greatest threat to
      world peace. They ask for Hijab in all schools for Muslim students. Once conceded they will ask that the
      teachers too be forced to wear Hijab as it is un-Islamic for Hijab-wearing students to be taught by infidels.
      These unreasoning Islamists don’t have any respect for civil laws and regulations. Like public nuisance,
      they claim entire public space of the country for Islam alone. Islamism is greatest threat to world peace.
      Non-musims, seculatists and Christians must prepare for a bloody confrontation with these mad Muslims.

      • babahameedah

        Your ignorance will one day kill you. It will drive you into the dungeons and hang you away from the sympathy of people. Relieve your self of this disease by studying harder the more. Read your history so you could be free. Your bigotry might get you before your ignorance anyway. It always does!

        • Manuel Tobby

          What did ISIS do that your Mohammed didn’t do while alive?

          • sam dede

            He did it professionally, and it is boldly writing in the Quran. Many of this Nigeria Muslims did not know that Saudi Arabia as a nation are redefining the Quran to meet up with recent times and be more civilized. While they keep selling tourism to you fools.

      • AAGachi

        It is rather the ignorance of you and your likes that is thread to the world

      • Ade

        It’s still paining u that Islam exist. Won’t u rather focus on how to gain an eternal life than develop high bp on a religion practiced by over a billion people

        • sam dede

          Stop that analysis, millions were enslaved in Islam, I study religious knowledge and I can tell you that Islam is not a religion, it is a cult.

    • Lorgne

      You do not have the patience to read let alone understand where she is coming from. You love money so much it beclouds your senses.

      • thusspokez

        Your yada yada yada emotional response makes no sense to me; you are incoherent and seem unable to state what exactly you are objecting to, in my comment.

  • Frank Bassey

    You want to be an Islamist Fundamentalist star. This is absolute nonsense. You should have rejected the conventional regalia in the first place and the fees you paid for the event which is an acceptance of the existing conditions. This mole should go to Saudi Arabia or Sudan to study and practise her own law. NONSENSE! Full of outward moralism, empty inside.

    • sola

      The Arabs can explain why they put on certain clothes mainly because of the weather over there ,but here we just copy blindly and fight on nothing.

  • Wale Bolodeoku

    Someone should tell this terrorist in waiting to move over to Sambisa Forest where her masters will instruct her how to gain Al Janna quick. Nigeria can do with one less fanatic than we’re currently grappling with. By the way, is her hijab the solution to the myriads of problems confronting this nation? A woeful, wrong headed attention seeker.

    • AAGachi

      How about her refusal?, it will equally not bring “solution to the myriads of problems confronting this nation”

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Don’t be silly! If you want to wear hijab, then go and read Islamic Law and wear your hijab there. You graduated in Nigerian Law which has the common law background. There is no place in the world people dress the way you do to practise that law. Even in most courts of international nature you find Muslim judges and lawyers appearing in the way lawyers and judges do. Why would some Nigerian Muslims want to begin to cause problems where there should be none?

  • Maria

    But deeper life sisters also used to refuse to wear NYSC trousers.

    • KBE

      Simply tell your sister Firdaus Amasa-Abubakar Shekau to go and meet her husband in Sambisa forest. She does not belong here.

      • Tunji

        Very intelligent answer from a human being whose parents did everything possible to give a good life. Why are u so pained? After all she wasn’t after your religion. All she asked for was for her to be allowed to dress the way she has been ordained to by her God. It’s not too much to ask for. U ain’t civil atall brother. U need to take a lesson in moral engagements. U don’t rain insults and make unfounded remarks cos of the way someone chose to live his or her life.

      • Maria

        Sometimes you people comment without knowledge. I am a Christian and for many years a member of Deeper Life. My point is simple, foreign religions have destroyed Nigeria and Nigerians. A typical Nigerian is brainwashed into believing craps. Once a comment is posted, people begin to box you….f00l.

        • Manuel Tobby

          So what is the name of your own religion since you are not for foreign religions?

        • Isaac Boro

          OUR BLESSED VIRGIN MARY IS THE LAW. VIRGIN MARY WAS NOT A LAW- ABIDING CITIZEN. VIRGIN MARY IS THE MOTHER OF GOD. VIRGIN MARY IS THE PORTAL OF CREATION. VIRGIN MARY DID NOT WEAR A HIJAB. VIRGIN MARY IS CLOAKED IN GLORY AND MAGNIFICENCE. VIRGIN MARY IS THE CO-CREATOR OF THE WORLD.. VIRGIN MARY CANNOT BE OPPRESSED. VIRGIN MARY IS THE MOTHER OF MERCY. VIRGIN MARY BLESSED THE KING OF ABYSSINIA AND TOLD HIM TO GIVE THE FLEEING MUSLIMS REFUGE IN ABYSSINIA. WITHOUT VIRGIN MARY THE EARLY MUSLIMS WOULD HAVE BEEN WIPED OUT.

  • raji

    Many of you are just talking rubbish. Can you people quote the section of the Constitution that prohibited the wearing of hijab in the law school. When your women are on the church they cover their head and when out of the church they remove it, my question is why did they cover head inside church.

    • Felix

      You Muslim are fond of putting religion at the centre of everything, what is the purpose of wearing hijab? Is it not to cover ur head? Weren’t she going to wear the cap to cover her head eventually. What is more needful is for you to cover your head. Then why must you were hijab and cap on it. I think that is not good enough brother

      • AAGachi

        there is difference between Hijab and the ‘Cap’ you are talking about. while the first is to cover the head the other is just a symbol

      • Geembawa

        As u said our religion Islam is first b4 anything, Our religion enjoined us to follow exact teaching of our Holy Book which the wearing of Hijab by Muslims sisters is not excluded. U guys should close ur mouth and keep quite as She (Amasa did not ask Christian to wear Hijab).

        • Manuel Tobby

          We are bothered because this is how you fanatics start your traditional bloody violence

          • sam dede

            And we are watching, if they act funny this time, we will act accordingly regardless which tribe you are from, it will be human vs Islam and not west, east vs north as it use to be. They are telling them now they are acting as if they are deaf and dumb. Arab dogs.

    • shalom

      What does the wig worn by lawyers cover???

      • KBE

        Ask the illiterate. Her head is made of gold I think.

    • KBE

      Trouble maker hear sister “Asked what motivated her to take the decision, she explained that she wanted to change the narrative and give Muslim sisters the rights to express their constitutional rights as enshrined in the constitution.

    • marc umeh

      There is no law prohibiting nakedness . If you are part a football team , you must wear their uniform . This is arrant nonsense. Restructuring is the answer

    • sola

      Nobody prohibit hijab in the law school..all they are saying is “modesty ” so you expect flowing scarf to be worn on corporate dress? Haba..if she fold d scarf in a proper manner nobody will challenge her..after all there are so many female Muslim called to bar that day.. so why the noise?

      • sam dede

        Abi?

    • Morgan Morganizm Emmanuel

      It’s not law. It’s common sense. Wen in church, dress like Ure in church. When in mosque, dress likewise. When in the court, dress same also. I’m sure it’s in the rules guiding dressing amongst lawyers.

    • Manuel Tobby

      Yeah, your stupidity is not in the constitution. So in your small brain going to church is the same as attending the graduation ceremony of law school!

  • JasV

    I am sorry for any litigant who will engage this illiterate to fight for his or her right. Will this prostitute go and join boko haram as one of their animalistic wives, become their sharia lawyer and leave the civilized lawyers who will not dress like masquerades alone. Actually looking at the picture she deserves to cement that face off with concrete.

    • Lorgne

      You have not read the report.

    • AAGachi

      I wonder who the illiterate is here, between some one who agitate for his right and freedom in a civilized way and some one who abuse and called people “Illiterate and prostitute”. I think you look inwards to paint who ever fits in with your words

      • Morgan Morganizm Emmanuel

        Agitate for what right?

  • Nicolas

    I am yet to see Nigerian Muslims advocate that Almajiri kids in Northern part of Nigeria should be be given the best of Islamic Education by building standard schools with comfortable class rooms and bring the teachers close to the pupils rather than allow them to roam from a distant state begging alms to sustain hunger. They only concern themselves of what really do not add value to humanity, such mundane arguments as Hijab controversy. They really do nothing to give those kids hope and chart a new course to life. It sure should bother the Miss Hijab advocate why teenagers should resort to blow themselves up..the answer is hopelessness! Gradually Nigeria is descending to Hell. While other nations have embraced deep research in various fields to better the lots of humanity some are here busy debating on silly topics that in no way contributes to develop the nation. Decency extends from the inside ” Heart” and translates to the outward. Religious dress code has nothing to do with morality. We have heard and read horrible stories of those who adorn religious garments with terrible default human nature. Those who want to defend religion should enlist in with Boko Haram and fulfill their so called destiny.

    • sola

      Hahahaha…I love this..you are on point.

    • sam dede

      True

  • Olajumoke Kolawole

    Restructuring is the only solution to all this madness by all this Islamic Jihadist.when they are giving their own region and using their own resources let’s see if their priorities will be focused on Hijab and other useless Islamization Agenda

  • shalom

    It is a pity that after “bagging” a law degree, this is what this law “graduate” is advocating. Education and certificate without reformation……

  • KBE

    What is special about her head that she has to wear some special religious head gear? This amount to formenting trouble. All these brainwashed religious goon still do not have sense after those number of years in the university. This low life lunatic is carrying fanaticism too far.

  • Isaac Boro

    You are a crazy woman. Go and study your brand of law. Hijab is an instrument of OPPRESSION, The Law is a a SYMBOL of FREEDOM. Go run under your husband’s bed with your hijab (when u find a husband). The Law and Call to the Bar is for law-abiding, honest, citizens not for religious bigots and Boko Haram apologists.

    • Adams Apple

      Was Virgin MAry oppressed with her ” hijab”
      Was Virgin Mary not a law abiding honest citizen with her hijab. ?

      • Manuel Tobby

        You are always deluded anytime you want to start your blood jihad?
        If you are not bereft of gumption what is Virgin Mary with law school graduation ceremony?

      • Isaac Boro

        THE VIRGIN MARY IS THE LAW. VIRGIN MARY WAS NOT A LAW- ABIDING CITIZEN. VIRGIN MARY IS THE MOTHER OF GOD. VIRGIN MARY IS THE PORTAL OF CREATION. VIRGIN MARY DID NOT WEAR A HIJAB. VIRGIN MARY IS CLOAKED IN GLORY AND MAGNIFICENCE. VIRGIN MARY IS THE CO-CREATOR OF THE WORLD.. VIRGIN MARY CANNOT BE OPPRESSED. VIRGIN MARY IS THE MOTHER OF MERCY. VIRGIN MARY BLESSED THE KING OF ABYSSINIA AND TOLD HIM TO GIVE THE FLEEING MUSLIMS REFUGE IN ABYSSINIA. WITHOUT VIRGIN MARY THE EARLY MUSLIMS WOULD HAVE BEEN WIPED OUT.

        • Adams Apple

          Bottom line is. All images of Virgin Mary, her hair & body is covered entirely in garment. And thats a hijab. Call it by any other name, thats what it is.

          • Isaac Boro

            Now that you have humbled yourself, Let me educate you. The Virgin Mary NEVER wore a hijab. The apparrel of the Holy Virgin Mary is called a SCAPULAR and not a hijab. A SCAPULAR by definition is a piece of cloth,that is worn as a covering by Catholics especially of a monastic Order like reverend fathers and reverend sisters. It is the most important garment for those in monastic orders and has also been adopted by non-monastic religious orders for both male and female. In the past the scapular also had bands on the arm, connecting the front and back panel of fabric and thus forming a cross on the body of the wearer; this style of scapular is sometimes still used today…..Having educated you, let me make the point that muslims are always copying the Catholic Christians. Anyway copycat copy copy can never succeed.

          • Isaac Boro

            The Holy Virgin Mary does not wear a hijab she wears a SCAPULAR. Google SCAPULAR. Thanks

  • Isaac Boro

    Looking at miss Firdauh (or miss Fistula) is a DESECRATION of the WIG and GOWN. Miss Fistula Firdauh should be sanctioned.

  • Buharin daji

    It’s quite unfortunate that this girl has declared support for ISIS through her hijab

    • Adams Apple

      So the Virgin Mary has declared her support for ISIS thru her hijab?

      • Morgan Morganizm Emmanuel

        Oga, religion is religion. It’s different from the laws of a nation. No one has asked her not to wear her hijab. But it’s like going to speak French in a Spanish class and expect people to understand you because Ure exercising your right to speech.

        • idavies

          You are either ignorant of the constitution or have no roght to protect.

      • Olatoye Okunuga

        What has the virgin Mary got to do with this. I just hope is not the mother of Jesus you’re rrfering to. Deal with d issue & leave our Christianity out of it.

        • idavies

          When you lean how to respect others, you have protected yours

        • sam dede

          He might be right, right from the Jewish Torah to the holy Bible, do you ever see a passage where they state nor illustrate how virgin Mary dressed? So catholics can calve and worship a virgin Mary’s statue then he has a proof to question her image. Roman catholicism is not Christianity, in fact it is very clear that the useless Mohammad stole his formalities from the Roman catholic and aimed to destroy catholics image worshiping ideas. Both Islam and catholic shares the same practices, don’t mistakenly see it as doctrine because it is a cult, many cultists where traced to ether Roman catholic or Islam.

        • Adams Apple

          IThe issue is Hijab n in “Your” Christianity as you put it, Virgin Mary wore a hijab.
          and Fully covered head to toe. Only wrist bare. As prescibed in all scriptures.
          Look at the image when/if you ever go to church

      • Buharin daji

        Even your Adams apple has declared support for ISIS Olodo

  • Femi Balogun

    Acceptance of the hijab into a secular institution will negatively affect the religious neutrality of the legal profession because members of other religions will also exercise the same right thereby creating disruptive confusion like what happened in Osun state where a similar incident happened. And if allowed it will creep into the judiciary and destroy the confidence as a non-Muslim litigant will be quite uneasy before a hijab wearing judge-particularly where the opposite party is a Muslim. Let religious symbols stay in their places otherwise we risk avoidable confusion and crisis that will not be beneficial to the generality of Nigerians.

    • Ahmed Tukur

      If you don’t have religion allow those with religion to protect their religion.

      • Manuel Tobby

        Why not join Boko Haram to protect your ever restless religion

      • sam dede

        If you have a Just religion, then you don’t need to protect it, Islam is unjust, Islam is not a religion, it is a cult. Whereby members were brainwashed to protect its brotherhood at all cause, no spiritual guardians, no prophecy, everything is all about fight for this wage jihad to praise that. Islam is a force and false religion. Face it!

      • whereto

        This is not about having a religion. It does not cost money to acquire one. The point he’s making borders on being reasonable in a multi religious environment. And in particular, when dealing with sensitive institutions which require the confidence of all segments of society to be effective.

        • Yego V

          You are assuming that empty muslims like Ahmed can ” reason “

      • Yego V

        Please practice the religion out of school.

    • Iniobong Uko

      God bless you, you have spoken well

    • idavies

      As we have in the UK?

    • whereto

      This is a very insightful comment. Unfortunately, your insight will be missed by many as our educational system has not prepared most of us to suspend emotions in an argument of this nature.

  • Morgan Morganizm Emmanuel

    OK. let’s allow her wear her Hijab na. So that when the traditionalist decides to wear cowries and tortoise shell, no one will bait an eye. This is what happens when we want to mix religion wit everything. Borrowed religions which we take to the extremes. Rubbish

    • Goziem Godwin

      My brother you deserve elevation from whichever position you hold, I can’t stop laughing because someone just sent me on how she will appear next if this hijab is granted. Overflowing multiple coloured skirt with red scarf, bay footed with two white handkerchiefs tied to each forearm….that’s some people’s religion. If you set this hijab precedence many more will follow.

      • idavies

        We will be glad to see that your friend dress like that. Infact, you should join him/her. Both of you will not work a distance of 1 foot before yoou will be cleared to Yaba left.

  • Ahmed Tukur

    Never sleep over right, especially Islamic rights. Firdaus, may Allah swt rewards you with Aljannah Firdaus, ameen.

    • Manuel Tobby

      Those are the mundane things you guys always boil over for in the name of your rights?
      When will you fight for the rights of the almajiri boys?
      When will you fight for the victims of VVF that abound all over Muslim cities?
      When will you fight the alarming rate of drug abuse amongst northern Muslim youths?

      Blinded souls!

      • sam dede

        The point is Islam is a threat to constitutions and humanity. Period!

    • sam dede

      You are definitely a block minded Muslim who know nothing but one useless Arabian tyrant

  • Olatoye Okunuga

    I believe madam hijab has said it all, stating her reasons for her action which personally I should respect, however, I expect a bigger more serious and pressing advocacies like the moslem girl child, poor state of Education in moslem schools, wrong Islamic teachings & hate speeches amongst Islamic scholars, religious tolerance in Islamic dominated states amongst others needed by our society rather than hijab controversy.

    • sam dede

      The point is Islam is a threat to constitutions and humanity. Period!

  • Lanre

    Education is very important for a human being to co-exist. Enlightenment is essential. You cannot introduce religion into everything, hence Catholics can bring rosaries to graduation, A Christian can decide to wear vestments to graduation or wear a huge dangling cross, Ifa worshippers can add whatever they want to the uniform, what of Buddhists? And the uniformity desired by the school authorities is lost. Firdaus Amasa should recognize that there is a place and time for everything. Keep your religious convictions to your home and mosque/church.

    • Yemi

      Nawa for this Muslim’s,just want to introduce religion into everything,.and turn Nigerian into Muslim country. They just like causing trouble,before they brought those religion into Nigerian,is it not ifa we people follow,know the right way doesn’t mean we should spoilt everything,,,,,,pls stop all this religion stuff to not cause trouble and you call yourself a lawyer.

      • idavies

        Your comment is just a display of ignorance.

        • sam dede

          You are definitely a block minded Muslim who know nothing but one useless Arabian tyrant

      • Yego V

        When you have ISIS members being sponsored to go to school that’s what you get. Her mentors include the likes of Aregbesola; another terrorist in government house.

  • Biafran 1967

    Nigerians are really weird. What’s the big deal? In UK she could wear her hijab to any graduation ceremony and no one would bat an eyelid. She looks respectable and it’s her religious right, so why discriminate? It’s no different from a Christian wearing a crucifix on graduation day. It doesn’t detract from her abilities to practise law. Live and let live and Nigeria may just be a more peaceful place and less of a zoo.

    • thusspokez

      In UK…

      So what? Nigeria is not the UK, Besides, there is no evidence or report in the newspapers of such a case in the UK. One can imagine the UK right-wing papers and radio chat shows being very outraged by her.

    • sam dede

      Rights are limited to certain doings and practices but not on a constituted profession, guarded and nurtured by a global association. You can not dress like a mechanic to defend a client as a lawyer, nor as a clergy to defend a country against foreign powers as a soldier, so how can a person feels like bastardizing a legal profession all in the name of religion, money and blood don’t mix, my sister. so therefore, you should be ready to comply with a profession’s ethics no matter what, that shows that you respect your profession and that you are a professional. This Muslims always want to change or bend rules because Islam told them to do so. In Mecca or in Nigeria? That is a big troublesome question we are still avoiding in this country because we don’t want trouble. She is at fault.

    • Rufus

      if you don’t want to do what other student do, just skip school….. its not by force. After all, western education is supposed to be sin nah!!!

  • Toyin Oguntoye

    With due respect to people of Islamic faith, there is nothing wrong in wearing hijab to the ceremony or to court. It is just that every profession has its rules and regulations which every member subscribes. Such is the case for legal profession. May be it is time to re-visit and review such rules. Things are changing and legal profession should not be an exception.

    • sam dede

      Islam is not a religion of faith. You don’t seems to know what Islam is not to talk of reasoning from their point of view, what she’s advocating for is not what she believes but a decree by an Arab via The Quran. Wig is what a lawyer nor judges wears to courts. One Lord, two lawyers. Very soon dey will demand to use another word to address judges in place of “My Lord” which they have been advocating for through ISIS and Boko Haram. Is Islam the only religion in Nigeria? So why are they the ones demanding for adjustment in all forms. Islam is not a religion, it is a cult.

      • Dan Arewa

        What about Red Cross, Sunday’s holiday that was imposed on Muslims. What will you called that?
        Mind you that Hijab is not only peculiar to Muslim women, Christian and Jews do it. In fact, most religion do not allow their women to go around naked. In addition. It is a decent dress

        • Rufus

          imposed?…. no one forced you to read or write, go to school or use the internet. You can do backyard quranic education and still survive….

          • Dan Arewa

            Islam encourages Muslims to gain more education any type and any where is the World. So It is not only Quranic education I know.

          • Yego V

            Let her wear the hijab into labour room, who cares. I won’t be surprised if this girl cannot recite a verse in the Quran

        • Yego V

          My friend stop muddling in other religions. Stick to your islam and the troubles you are ALWAYS fomenting.

          • Dan Arewa

            Hypocrite. Is the issue of discussion about a Christian women prevented from her own legitimate right?

  • Jerry

    I see no reason why this should be a big issue, how long does the ceremony last? What is there to just obey for that moment, must everything dance to Islamic tone. There are many pressing needs in the Muslim states, girl child education, child marriage and deep poverty and begging on the street. Why cant she be an advocate to get this things sorted out, not insisting on a cloth she must wear to show she is a Muslim sister. Tomorrow it becomes and avenue to carry ‘groundnut’ and bomb d place abi? We should check her well

    • Yego V

      Left for muslims, they should be allowed to carry AK47 to the ceremony. It’s Islamic to protect yourself at all times

  • Kez Ebed

    What we should know is that this lady didn’t just decide to wear her hijab to the graduation overnight. Just as many youths that join the Police tody had well over time considered how they would stay on the road and await for a man or woman come along with three loafs of bread, and they would stop him or her, take away two and leave him/her with one, so this our sister has had a long thought on hijabism before law school. As no amount of campaigns had done any meaningful job on police corruption, because it’s a product of well and deeply considered move, so the Wilde wind which will be the product of this hijabist move in the professions in this country be incontainable if not checked from germination. Emotions will sooner be overlwhwelmed by thoughtless sympathy and the most unreasonable army will rise up with arms to defend a very nonutility religious right.

  • sam dede

    Muslims don’t withdraw or take to corrections, they wage Jihad to achieve their aims or use their Governmental influences. That is what the Quran teaches at its best and it is a must to do it as a Muslim. That is Islam for you.

  • Rufus

    if you cannot cope with modern law, an offshoot of christian laws, just done study law in the fist place…..infact, just don’t go to school….

  • wode

    It’s most unfortunate that most people commenting on this issue lack knowledge of what Islam is all about. Some are blindfolded by acute hatred.
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    For those who care to know and to learn, wearing of Hijab is must for Muslim women. It’s commandment from God just as Muslims are commanded to observe their prayers and fast during the month of Ramadan. The wearing of Hijab is not just for when religious rites are being performed, it’s part and parcel of their daily appearance as to how to dress going out.

    Unlike some others that are ready to bend God’s commandments in their religion to suite their whims or to please other mortals, Muslims submit wholeheartedly tovtheir

    • Afo

      Boko haram members are not expected to go to law school where modern people are trained. To qualify as a lawyer one must be found to be worthy in character and learning; and because this religious fanatic is not worthy in learning and character she cannot pass out as a qualified lawyer. She should enroll in sharia law school where the wearing of hijab will be compulsory.

    • Yego V

      “Nigerian Law schools have no choice than to…” wow.

  • TM S

    majority of students are educated illiterate.they only passed through the school, School did not pass through them. Why are we confusing formal ceremony with religion?
    Stay in your father’s house and become a lawyer.She is looking for cheap recognition.

    • Yego V

      Her best publicity would have been graduating as BEST student.

  • Yego V

    Empty barrel . This one seeking publicity might have graduated with nothing but a pass. And may not be able to recite a verse from the Quran. What a shame !

    • ismaeel olayiwola

      For your information retard! She’s a second class upper graduate of NLS. Shame on you!

  • Yego V

    How I wish they allowed her cover the WHOLE face.

    • Life is Good

      LOL! Exactly… I was scared too…! LOL!

  • ACTION MAN in ACTION

    I think she should go to court. She has a good case and this will surely launch her into her profession in grand style. At the court, this matter will be laid to rest. In my opinion, CONVENTION is not as important as someone’s FAITH.