Hijab Controversy: NSCIA talks tough, threatens nationwide protests, legal battles

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

The umbrella body of Nigerian muslims, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has responded to the current hijab controversy rocking the Nigerian Law School.

In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday morning, the Deputy Secretary General of the organisation, Salisu Shehu, a professor, accused the Nigerian Law School of lawlessness and Islamophobia.

The group threatened nationwide protest and a fierce legal action should the law school fail to rescind its decision not to call the affected graduate, Firdaus Amosa, to the bar.

“There is no doubt that Abdulsalam Firdaos Amosa has been victimized, humiliated and traumatised by the Nigerian Law School, the Body of Benchers and the Council for Legal Education on account of her faith,” the statement said.

“She has been denied of rightfully joining her professional colleagues just because of her religion. She has been exposed to ridicule and opprobrium by standing for her religious rights. It begs the question that she is not the only Muslim lady among those concerned as no one will stand for her when she appears before her Creator to defend the correctness and otherwise of her actions. We reiterate that she has not violated any law.

“The NSCIA demands that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Justice, call the Council for Legal Education and the Nigerian Law School to order so that they will not stoke religious crisis in the country.

“Our Council patiently waits for what the Ministry will do as it puts other options on the table including litigation and nation-wide protests.

“Those who think they can ride roughshod on the rights of Muslims just because their co-Christian colonialists did it successfully will have to wake up and realise that Muslims are equal stakeholders in this country.”

READ FULL STATEMENT BELOW

STOP PRESS! HIJAB IS CONSTITUTIONAL
On the 13th of December, 2017, a young female Nigerian graduate of Law, Miss Abdulsalam Firdaus Amosa, was prevented from joining her colleagues for the momentous call to bar ceremony at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. Her only offence was that she wore a hijab under her wig. For this unpardonable ‘crime’, as it was deemed, she was wrongfully denied the opportunity of being called to the Nigerian bar as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria with her colleagues though she had passed all her exams both at the University and the Nigerian Law School.

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) views this unsavoury development with grave concern. It is the height of Islamophobia displayed by the authorities of the Nigerian Law School, the Body of Benchers and the Council for Legal Education who now willfully break the law. This is very unfortunate and shameful because those who are supposed to be teaching justice and fairness now fail woefully to be just and fair. With or without sentiments, by refusing to expose her hair in public contrary to her religious injunctions, Miss Abdulsalam has not broken any law. No law is superior to the Nigerian Constitution which is the grundnorm of Nigeria.

Basically, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees Nigerians their freedom of religion. There is a constitutional basis that holds and upholds the use of hijab as a fundamental and constitutional right of Muslims in this country. According to Section 38, Subsection 1 of the Nigerian Constitution (as amended in 2011), “Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion…(either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance”. Therefore, without equivocation, the constitutionality of hijab is incontrovertible.

Besides, there are many instances of judicial pronouncements on the unconstitutionality of denying Muslim ladies the right of using hijab. For instance, in suit no ID/424M/20004 concerning Abidemi Rasaq & ors V. Commissioner of Health, Lagos State, the Lagos State High Court ruled that a circular of the Lagos State School of Health Technology banning students from wearing hijab is unconstitutional. Similarly, in suit no CA/IL/49/2009 involving the Provost Kwara State College of Education Ilorin V. Basirat Saliu, the Appellate Court ruled that the use of hijab by female Muslims qualifies as a fundamental right under Section 38 of the Constitution.

It beggars belief that the Islamophobic posturing of the Nigerian Christian establishment is legendary even if this dates back to the Christian colonial past and its vestiges. The hatred for Muslims and Islam appears to be a virulent cancer that has spread across the body of those who use religion to oppress and deprive others of their religious rights.

For a country that has a majority Muslim population that is fully conscious of the grounds it had lost due to the Christian colonial rule and cultural imposition of the past, taking a lot of infractions against Muslims is not borne out of docility. The dignified taciturnity of Muslims in the face of oppression in Nigeria is borne out of the premium Islam places on mutual co-existence and peaceful living.

Those who make false appeals to the “secular” nature of Nigeria when the issue of Muslim rights is raised are guilty of paranoia, hypocrisy and myopia. We have maintained that Nigeria is a multi-religious country and that cannot be controverted. Those who are quick to drop the “secular” verbiage can afford to be flippant because the Christian system violently imposed on Nigeria by the colonial masters adequately provides for and serves their interests, certainly not the interest of Muslims.

While religious rights are being granted without any ado in countries where Muslims constitute negligible minorities in America, Europe and other parts of Africa, it is unspeakably ludicrous that Muslims are being denied, debased and violated in a country where they constitute a sizeable chunk of the population. It is the height of intolerance that rational and objective Nigerians know that any time Muslims demand their constitutional rights which the Christian colonial system had stripped them of, the infantile, reactionary and vociferous elements within the Nigerian elite and their brainwashed followers always cry wolf where none exists.

In the United States, female Muslim attorneys are granted their use of hijab as a piece of scarf on the head of a person doesn’t harm anyone. In Britain, where the Nigeria legal system originates from, the English lawyers and judges since July this year have started to break away from the centuries-old tradition of horse-air wigs that many consider anachronistic, uncomfortable and expensive.

While the rest of the world is becoming progressive and pluralistic, the Nigerian religious bigots remain dogmatic, vicious and vindictive when issues concerning Islam arise.

By the way, there is even no sense in the obduracy of the wigs just like other costumes or uniforms that Nigerians willfully use to oppress one another in certain professions. Writing on the wigs, the Independent newspaper of the United Kingdom in a report published on September 18, 2017 noted that “they are so old-fashioned, and so uncomfortable that even British barristers have stopped wearing them.”

Our Nigerian Law School would rather be glued to the archaic tradition of the colonial past being jettisoned by the British themselves and punish a second upper graduate for wearing a headscarf that the Nigerian Constitution guarantees her than toe the path of rationality. Who legislated on professional attires that we cannot question when such attires are inconsistent with our values?

There is no doubt that Abdulsalam Firdaos Amosa has been victimized, humiliated and traumatised by the Nigerian Law School, the Body of Benchers and the Council for Legal Education on account of her faith. She has been denied of rightfully joining her professional colleagues just because of her religion. She has been exposed to ridicule and opprobrium by standing for her religious rights. It begs the question that she is not the only Muslim lady among those concerned as no one will stand for her when she appears before her Creator to defend the correctness and otherwise of her actions. We reiterate that she has not violated any law.

The NSCIA demands that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Justice, call the Council for Legal Education and the Nigerian Law School to order so that they will not stoke religious crisis in the country. Our Council patiently waits for what the Ministry will do as it puts other options on the table including litigation and nation-wide protests.

Those who think they can ride roughshod on the rights of Muslims just because their co-Christian colonialists did it successfully will have to wake up and realise that Muslims are equal stakeholders in this country.

That the United States of America allows even female military personnel to use hijab and male Muslims to grow their beard as part of their religious rights is worthy of note. If Muslim female police officers in Britain that so desire use hijab without let or hindrance, what is the problem in Nigeria? What is wrong with the Islamophobic Nigerians who assume that Muslims must abandon their religion to co-exist with them in the Nigerian space? How does wearing hijab infringe on anybody’s right in Nigeria? Enough is enough of this chronic hatred and bigoted intolerance! Yours is your religion and ours is ours.

For long, the Council has maintained its calm on issues concerning Muslims even when the victims are presented as oppressors. Some Christian leaders in this country misinformed President Muhammadu Buhari that his appointments were lopsided against them. We join them to call on Mr President to urgently examine the religious composition of his cabinet and other appointees with a view to determining the religious affiliations and rectifying the obvious imbalance against Islam. We insist that the assessment should also cover staff members of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, with Permanent Secretaries, Chief Executives, Board Members and Directors religiously profiled as they are now so that the picture of those who dominate others will be seen. We demand that this should be done with the result of the findings published. Muslims are neither blind nor unconscious of the undue advantage being accorded Christianity in public space but are alarmed that Islam is being falsely accused of domination.

Muslims have been groaning quietly in this country under the suffocating domination of our intolerant partners. The capacity to endure pains however has a limit. We endure a skewed and unbalanced system that grants Christians the right of worship without any hindrance on Sunday whereas some bigots would not grant their subordinates the concession to pray for just one hour on Friday. We condone the systematic subjugation of Muslims in the South, where Governors build big churches and cathedrals with public funds and air their banality on the television without any noise from the media. Yet, when a Muslim Governor is sighted in the mosque, the hypocrites would scream as if the unusual has happened.

When Nigerians chose to adopt the Red Cross, there was no whimper from Muslims but joining the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has been turned to a big issue by our noisy fellow Nigerians. Muslims remained calm when Nigeria sent an ambassador to the Vatican, even if the one in Italy could have been sufficient.

The mosques in the South are being demolished within and outside institutions of higher learning while Muslim minorities in the North like those of Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi State (just because the name will ring a bell) are banished from their communities by Christian militias. Court of Appeal granted the rights of Muslim students to build a mosque in the River State University of Science and Technilogy (RSUST) but they are denied till today while the vibrant Press remain silent.

Yet, Christians who make deliberate incursions into the heart of the North and dominate the socio-economic space there are quick to shout marginalisation just for the sake of attention. Crying wolf where none exists or raising a storm in a tea cup has been the official stance of CAN just because the media they use grew from the Church and are largely within their control.

This is last straw to break the camel’s back and it will be difficult for the Council to persuade Nigerian Muslims from taking these serial injustices against them again! Those whose stock-in-trade is to provoke Muslims by denying them of their God-given and constitutionally guaranteed rights should turn a new leaf. We are all Nigerians and we say enough of enough of Islamophobia and anti-Islamic bigotry!

We stand behind Abdulsalam Firdaos Amosa who acted within her constitutional rights and we insist that she must be called to the Bar and adequately compensated for the humiliation she was subjected to. Enough is enough!

Prof Salisu Shehu
Deputy Secretary General
NSCIA


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  • shalom

    Sorry for this country. When terrorist and herdsmen sacked whole communities and murdered innocent souls, no religious group or body could write an epistle like this but now just because of hijab see grammar ooo. Nigeria we hail thee…

    • ACTION MAN in ACTION

      God bless you shalom. Peace unto you. its clear that Nigeria will keep going down the drains with more and more people reasoning and talking like these. Its a pity. It a BIG SHAME.

  • Joe

    Hahahahhehehe……. I know that this young lady lawyer is out to cause religious confusion in Nigeria. Women are known to cause long and sometimes permanent problems between man, nations and God. It was woman that caused problem between Adam and God almighty by eating the forbidden fruit. It was woman that caused Abraham to sleep with her housemaid and the result was the Palestine that de-taste and never known peace. Severally God warned people of women!!!. Its easy for demons to possess woman than man. Muslim should ask the young lawyer to just obey the code of conduct of her profession. When the young lady lawyer said she want to challenge the status quo, its obvious that she wanted to use islam to attract attention and she aptly got it and if care is not taking it may consume some people. Sultan of sokoto has already passed signal, MURIC picked the signal and NSCIA is amplifying the signal. I just hope and pray that Aso rock will not react by removing all those in the leadership of the law school. We are watching.

    • Mayowa

      Abraham (peace be upon him) you mentioned here wasn’t guilty of what you accused him of, he’s a prophet of God and as such doesn’t act except by His leave. Be careful of what you say about His prophets they are people of honour. If that’s what you have learnt about his story about him and Hagar then you need to get a copy of the translation Quran to learn more… .
      All the prophets including Jesus (peace be upon him) till Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are one religion, the religion of Allah, Islam.
      Muslims respect and pray for every prophet of God when anyone of them is mentioned, including Isa-Jesus(peace be upon him). So be careful when you talk about the prophets lest God send his wrath upon you.

    • wode

      There is no need for any frivolous extrapolation. All what the lady, and every Muslims for that matter, want is for her right and those of other Muslim lawyers to be respected. Simple!

      • joe

        Wode, this young lawyer shouldn’t have gone to law school in the first place if she thinks she cannot obey the laws governing the institution. She was not the first muslim lady lawyer to have passed through the institution nor the last. Even in an ordinary meetings in some community, they have their dressing code and members you dire not disobey except you are no more a member. This lady is possessed on a mission of destruction and people should be careful. She didn’t do what she did because of Allah, but she said she wanted to challenge the status, which sounds to me as pride, and attention seeker!!!

  • Watch man

    Section 38 (1) does not uphold disorder. The order in the graduation of lawyers from law school demands that every student abide by the institutions dress code. Would it be allowed if a native doctor carries his calabash with concoction and dressed like a masquerade into a mosque to pray to allah? I doubt if that would be permitted. The constitution does not permit institutional disorderliness. If the irresponsible lady, who knew the dress code of lawyers, feel cheated then she should not have enrolled in the first instance; she should have attended shariah law school where her religion is the order of the day. It is irresponsible and silly for anyone to hit the road in protest over non-issue. You guys are seeing artificial petrol scarcity that is biting Nigerians but you will not protest; you see police brutality and you keep mute. There are so many things to protest about that should impact well on Nigerians but you will not do that. You instead chose to push your agenda by sponsoring a lady to cause confusion in the law school. Shame on you and your religion!

    • Mr NoName

      I love your piece…..absolutely insightful….

    • Lanre

      Watch man. The other major ethnic groups are in trouble in Nigeria due to the overbearing influence of the Hausa-Fulani. As a Yorubaman, I know how we joke amongst ourselves (Christians and Muslims) about issues. This Hijab issue is one which Yorubas will laugh and joke over not one which will cause religious war like this fellow – Salisu Shehu is writing up here. What about other religions – Ifa, Buddhism, Hinduism etc. Why can we not accommodate them? Please read my comments on this matter, reprinted below here for your convenience:
      ************************************************************************************************************************************
      This is how the Hausa-Fulani have used Islam as a weapon to subjugate the other ethnic groups in Nigeria. (From the Sultan of Sokoto issuing threats to the indigenous people of Central Nigeria, to Cattle Herdsmen invading the property of others with reckless abandon). Through the NSCIA, The Sultan of Sokoto, Jamatu Nasril Islam and such other groups. Today, as a result of their obstinacy, obduracy, domineering and vengeful actions the North East has been destroyed. And the Niger-Delta is paying for it. We will continue to demand for the freedom of Yorubaland from Nigeria. Yorubas will vote in a simple referendum whether or not religious attire can be worn in secular activities. We don’t need the conquering minions of Uthman Dan Fodio riding on horses from Sokoto, telling us what to do.
      Yoruba Ronu!

  • Emeka

    Disintegration of Nigeria might not come from IPOB, OPC, MASSOB, AREWA, OR AFENIFERE, but may eventually come from the least expected sector of the land. This misnomer lady didnt plan the ignition of this unfortunate moves within a short period of time, it was incubated for a long period of time, did show clearly how profoundly dishonest the advocates of this misplaced priorities are. This unfortunate national dilemma is not a wait-and-take plan, it was orchestrated prior to this time for political and selfish reasons, only waiting for the right candidate to send for this semi-suicide mission…

    • obiora

      It is true because she is not the first Woman in Nigeria to be called to bar who is a muslim. But some Yoruba Christians even will be the First to call you names when you told people not to Vote Terrorist as President.

  • Babs Fadipe

    Calm is the word here. It is still our country. As hot and heated as the issue may seem, we still have the capacity to handle it. We had in the past handled more heated issues. However, it is very important that we draw attention to the fact that the Nigerian law School is not a religious school. It neither belongs to Muslim faithfuls nor Christians. The Nigerian Law School does not admit anyone on the basis of religious affiliation. Just as we have Christians and Muslims so also do we have adherents of other religions such as the African Traditional Religion, Ekhists, Hari Krishna, Sat Guru Maharajists, Bhudists, Grail Message faithfuls, St. Bottles Cathedral, The Skirtists, and all other kinds of adherents. The Nigerian law School is one of our biggest, best and most enduring symbols of unity in Nigeria, much more than the Federal Universities and Federal Government Colleges. The decision to regulate dressing in the law School is not that of CAN nor any religious body. It is purely that of the NLS, whose management is not constituted on the basis of religion. We have had Nigerians of the Islamic faith as we well as Nigerians of the Christian faith managing the NLS. It is therefore quite interesting that the response to the Hijab controversy has joined the CAN as a party in the matter when it did not do anything whatsoever to bring about the issue in the first instance. The laws of our land remain the laws of our land. If there has been a violation of the rights of anyone or attempted violation of the rights of anyone as enshrined in the Constitution, the Courts are there for the victim or would be victim to resort to. Our land has not become so bad that we cannot invest our hope in its institutions, least of law, the Law Courts. I would have been the happiest if the Deputy Secretary General of the NSCIA had announced the institution of a suit minutes after the occurrence of the incident and give it the widest publicity. With all the precedents cited by the Deputy Secretary General, the matter is as good as resolved already, at least in the Court of certain sphere of influence. All that is left is to formalise it through the institution of a suit, obtain the order of Court and commence the necessary enforcement procedure. As things are now Prof, it will be extra-judicial for the Attorney General & Minister of Justice to, by fiat, order the NLS to rescind its decision to deny the aspirant to the Bar the right to be called to the Bar to practice as a Barrister & Solicitor in Nigeria. Following the due process of law, which is one of the options on the table right now, will be a welcome development for our legal system in Nigeria and we shall have contributed to the body of knowledge in that regard. The walk down memory lane seem to beg the issue at stake. There was a ting of the October 1st quit notice in the write up. Are we still dwelling on that issue? What about the issue of Red Cross? I have never known that organisation to be a religious based organisation. What I know about it is that they rescue human beings and not adherents of a particular faith. In any case, what is wrong with one faith starting a project and other faiths benefiting from it. Don’t Christians obtain facilities from the Islamic Bank? My appeal therefore is that we should calm down. There are so many issues we need to deal with. There is the PENGASSEN issue as a result of which there is petrol scarcity. Some misguided elements have also gone to town saying that PMB is older than 75. I dont know what their problem is. If they are so good with dates and calculations, why did they not help the Supreme Court arrive at an acceptable answer during the 12 2/3 imbroglio in 1979. Chaley Boy is planning to lead the members of Our Mumudondo group to the office of Enugu Electricity to protest what he has wrongly identified as huge electricity bill. We have the World Cup ahead of us as well. What makes this distraction painful is that for the first time in the history of Nigeria, we have the chance of winning the World Cup. To now have this protest from our brothers from the Islamic faith at this time is painful. The 2018 budget is there. We cannot forget the return to the CCT order of the Appeal Court on the Saraki matter. There is also the ogbanje spirit of Boko Haram. Die, it wont die. Live, it wont live. We dont know what to do with it again. The earth shaking revelation by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff (SMS or SAMS) cannot be ignored. Our country must survive all the distractions. And we are there already, I mean the place of progress. Just a little time more and we shall have come out of the woods. Finally, whoever is not allowing our Muslim brothers to go and say their Jumat prayers on Friday is unfair to them. The time taken for that prayer is quite small. It will not hurt the job. The only time I know that our Muslim brothers will not insist on the prayer is when there is an emergency. Cheers men and happy Christmas & a prosperous New year in advance.

    • Mikelee

      Tanx Bro. Best post I have read on the current issue. The reactions just go to tell you we don’t have a nation yet. We are very divided and it ought not be so. Hunger doesn’t know religion, region or tribe. But these are the things we allow to divide us. We get emotional once Religion and tribe is brought into any matter – no matter how mundane. All well meaning Nigerians have a duty to douse the flames. We must not teach this hate to our children. We can’t guarantee what they will do with it. God bless Nigeria.

  • Gbenga

    I’m not a lawyer nor a Muslim but one simple thing I see about the lady is that she is purely an agent of the devil. Why is it now after decades of lawyers graduating from the law school that she choose to single herself out for destruction. She is not making a name and I think she should know that but her father Lucifer has purposed to use her to cause confusion among the body of benchers.
    My candid advice for her is to totally forgo this religion she is practising and causing katakata to a noble profession as a law is and imbibe Christianity – the religion of peace, love and humility. Shalom!!!

    • SouthANDMiddleBeltUNITY

      That is what those muslim girls do; they cause confusion and pretend to be innocent. You knew from day One that the legal system is a system that must be respected. If you are not comfortable with that system, then quit the system. It is wrong to go and create scene.

      • ACTION MAN in ACTION

        Respect my foot. Are there professions that should not be respected? Who are the most corrupt professionals in Nigeria today, who are defending all kinds of characters, assassins, murderers, ritualists, treasury looters, etc. So they can share their loot and booties? PLEASE GIVE THAT RESPECT TO THE DOGS.

      • wode

        No, nobody is quitting any system or profession. It’s the system that needs to be more accommodating. People made this rule/law, the same rule should be amended.

    • bola

      I am surprise at your comment for calling her an agent of the devil and calling on her to join Christianity.You did not even look at it from the angle that in Britain and USA, women are allowed to use hijab during and after call to bar.

      • Manuel Tobby

        USA and Britain? When will guys start referencing your Islamic countries as examples of nations for freedom and rights of others.

      • wode

        These guys don’t like that tone. They need to be told truth straight to their faces. Enough of hatred

    • suleiman

      I won’t be surprised if she was sponsored by the Sultan of Sokoto, a hypocrite who enjoys causong chaos in the country. This lady is not acting on her own. She was sponsored because Muslims want to make a point to the world that Nigeria is an Islamic country. Has anyone seen the Iraqi President dress in anything other than a suit? Where is the home of Shia Islam? When the Arabs go to the west, do they dress in their flying gowns? The answer is simply No! Muslims in Nigeria want to be more Islamic than the Prophet of God whom God revealed the religion of Islam to.

      • wode

        You missed the point and that is obviously borne out of ignorance. Muslims acts are guided by the scriptural provisions not what somebody else says or does. The commandment of wearing Hijab is scriptural and it’s up to you to look it up.

        On dressing, that’s a sign of Colonial mentality still residing with most people. Is Jacket/shirt and trouser our cultural attire? Is it only Muslim elected officials that wear local attire? Have you forgotten what Obasanjo and Jonathan were wearing while in office? There is a need to grow beyond sentiment and parochialism.

        Why are you trying to link Sultan or anybody to an incident far away in the law school where an innocent lady’s right was being trampled upon. The press release above represents the interest of all Muslims, not only in Nigeria but also everywhere in the World.

    • wode

      I think you are missing the point. This lady is not the devil. It’s the people that denied her of being called to bar that are real devil? Here is a lady that has fulfilled all her requirements of be called into the bar and some people denied her of her right just because she wore a hijab? Does that make any sense at all? Aren’t those that denied are the real devils?

      For your information, she is not the only law graduate that has been denied of this right and had to painfully compromise. However, it has to stop. That usurpation of rights can not continue that way and this is when it must stop!

  • Mahmud Mohammed

    Any Nigerian that is against this little girl, is a sadies and religiously bias, section 38 (1) permitted every individual to practice his religion without hindrance, and now you are here shouting and making noise that law school dressing code, does the dressing code supersede Nigerian constitution? It baffled me when ever issue of religion arose in Nigeria, you hear comments from different people, even those that were born by prostitute will be commenting on issues that they have no idea it whatsoever way, therefore Nigeria is a country and practicing democracy as international standards, every right most be observed by everyone. Law school is not a church or mosque, every religion most be respected otherwise the purpose of law school will be barstardise by criminals elements in the society, whom there aim is to course confusion in the land,

    • Mikelee

      This is needless controversy. No problem. The way we are going, we will soon become a chaotic country. Who doesn’t know that no rights are absolute? What happens when traditional worshippers insist that they must do incantations during a public function because our constitution guarantees them freedom of worship? Right now it doesn’t look plausible because the flexing of uscles is still between Muslims and Christians. But not to worry, they will soon find their voice. I am waiting to see what both Christians and Muslims will say then.

      • wode

        Yes, “no rights are absolute” but that is when it infringes on other people’s rights. Tell me how this affects those that are not wearing hijab? Has anybody been asked or forced to wear the hijab against her will?

        All those arguments about people of other religions wearing whatever regalia or attire are just hypocritical. How many time do they wear the said attires when they are not performing their religious rites? Muslim women are known globally for wearing hijab, not only when performing their prayer but they wear it to everywhere they go to because it’s one of the God’s commandments as enshrined, not only in their Religious scripture but also in the other scriptures before Quran.

        • obiora

          Muslims globally also go to Sharia Schools why did you people send her not to Sharia School to prove you are a Good Muslims. this hypocrite is why Boko-Haram are killing you so called Muslims too.

          • wode

            You need to tell me one of the Sharia school you’re talking about. I want facts based on knowledge. I expect people here to make meaningful comments not innuendos or fallacies.

    • SouthANDMiddleBeltUNITY

      You all cry when it affects you but when Christian shops were burnt in Zamfara and other areas in the North, we did not hear your quote of the constitution. If you join a society, you must be ready to abide by the principles of that society. Your rights should not be used against the norms of the society.

      • Dan Arewa

        Are you high? What are you talking about?

        • Manuel Tobby

          How can you know what he is talking about when those slaughtered in your muslims dominated north yearly are Christians?

      • wode

        “If you join a society, you must be ready to abide by the principles of that society.”

        Join which society? Owned by who? and Principle defined by who? And what type of principle, rule, policy or law is so rigid that can not be amended? Even the Nigerian constitution itself is being subjected to constant and continuous amendment. How much more of a rule set up by a group of people. It’s not even allowed that such law or rule be designed to be skewed against any religion, not only Islam, in the first place.

        On those that might have caused violence destroying properties and killing innocent souls, that’s really not the subject of discussion at this time. However, for the purpose of clarity, it is antithetical to the principle upon which Islam is built to destroy anybody’s property or kill any innocence soul. Every right thinking Muslims wouldn’t condone it and would definitely condemn it. If anything comes up by misguided element it should be handled by the appropriate authorities.

        What all Muslims are saying is that they shouldn’t be taking for a ride and provoked as a result of them being patient, accommodating and peace-loving.

        • obiora

          Why did Muslims send their Children to secular School while there are Sharia Schools to send them.

          • wode

            And which one is Secular school and which is Shariah school?

    • Manuel Tobby

      You are all idiots, how much freedom do you grant to others in your enclave? Your almajiri boys stone any that doesn’t dress accordingly to your warped view!
      You are here screaming right as if you don’t daily violate others people’s rights.
      Bloody suckers

  • Wakawaka

    “For a country that has a majority Muslim population…”!!! HOW???? Which country? Just now if they say let’s do headcount, you curse yourself to death never to accept. Do you really need deliberate falsehood?

    • Dan Arewa

      That’s according to 2006 population census. Go and check it.

      • Manuel Tobby

        Unproductive, illetrate and violent majority Population

      • Wakawaka

        Which census? Is it the trash Islamic goons led by Samaila cooked in 2006? You seriously want me to reference that? Never forget the same NSCIA opposed use of religion as an indicator in that particular census for apparent reason. So if people’s religions were not demographed, where did you and Samaila get your “Muslim majority” figure from?

        • Dan Arewa

          And when did you get Christian majority figure from?

  • ACTION MAN in ACTION

    Everybody calm down please. Our comments have gone too far – from abuse to hate speech. Please for God sake let’s tolerate and seek peace with one another by avoiding provocative statements. I think from the way she appeared on the photo, the law school should have allowed her. Can someone please educate me here? Is there a ban on hijab in the law school? If not, then I think she was unjustly treated and they should apologize to her and call her to the bar please. This controversy is absolutely not necessary. Besides lawyers in developed countries have stopped putting this PIECE OF WHITE TRASH on their heads. If Nigerian lawyers are still stuck in this Colonial trap, then they still have a long way to go.

    • thusspokez

      Is there a ban on hijab in the law school?

      Is there a ban on ripped jeans in the law school? I doubt it!

      If Nigerian lawyers are still stuck in this Colonial trap, then they still have a long way to go.

      Indeed a very useful debate for another day.

      • So oju abe niko

        |Is there a ban on hijab in the law school?
        Is there a ban on ripped jeans in the law school? I doubt it!
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        You never miss any opportunity to make an illogical statement – lt is apparently innate.

        • thusspokez

          What is illogical about my question? (Don’t insult me-o!)

          Your question: “Is there a ban on hijab in the law school?” would imply that in the absence of such a ban, anyone could wear the hijab (and maybe even the niqab and burka) — hence my follow-up question.

          By inference (If there is no ban on ripped jeans – which is a latest fashion) then it too could be worn. And why stop there: Tongue/nose piercing, earrings for men, tattoo are all in fashion. So why not indeed?

        • Otile

          Yes, in law school you cannot wear a mask in class. Use your commonsense.

    • Otile

      What a lame argument is this? Can wear a mask to class, can you wear a mask and expect to be called to bar?

  • wode

    NSCIA now breaking out of its shell of taciturnity. That is a great one. Those that confuses humility with stupidity, those with thought that patience borne out of peace-loving quality is due to timidity and those with impression that sense of maturity and togetherness being exhibited by Nigerian Muslims all along is due to lack of right expression need to wake up to reality.

    As it was rightly opined by the Sultan, this controversy about Hijab wearing is needless in the first place. How has wearing of Hijab by a Muslim lady affect her knowledge, skill and profession? If not that Muslims are being taking for a ride, nobody would have gotten the temerity to stop a lady from being called to bar just and only on the account of her wearing Hijab.

    I made this comment before, there is no any other time than now for the Nigeria Law school and any other body whatsoever to stop infringing on the right of Muslim women to obey their Lord and practice their religion in accordance with its dictate.

    • obiora

      We are talking here about Nigerain Law school not Muslim or Sharia Law school. Why not send her to Sharia law school?. Or do you think that Christians want Nigeria more than Muslims?.

      • B.A.Shu’aib

        Some times if you people speak one thinks, what a person Brain and mind are. Is there any rule that she broken? As a potential lawyer I am always objective, I am trying my best to see I fight my sentiment before I speak. Please if you guys must talk please speak sense. Never you hear any Muslim who knows himself concerns about how Christians dress or whatever they do in as much as it doesn’t violate his or somebody’s rights. This is so, notwithstanding we know what their scriptures ordained them to do.

        A real person who believes his actions are correct, will never accuse another for doing what he believes. Except if he can establish how the act of that person affects him personally or otherwise. Thus, CFRN S. 38, is not contravened by the act of Amosa. And S.42 is violated by the Authorities concerned. And there is no even an invalid law under the LFN that is violated and assuming there is the law is not in agreement with S. 1(3) and therefore, void ab initio.

        Nigeria Christians are But shame to the country, except few of them that reflecting whom I respect immensely as they respect other people view and way of their life notwithstanding differences.

      • wode

        And when you talk about Nigeria Law School Muslims are excluded. And because it’s Nigeria Law School, Muslims should not practice their religious beliefs in accordance with its dictate? We want real issues to be discussed here not stuff that lacks substance.

  • Manuel Tobby

    Go on fanatics, since Boko Haram is not enough for you please start another one of your trademark bloody violence

  • tundemash

    Muslims will always cause problems all around the world. There we graduating students from Aladura, Celestial, Olumba-Olumba, Harikrisha etc and certainly those of the religions of Amadioha, Sango, Ayelala, Omitiga, Dundee, Okrigbogbogidi etc etc BUT why was it that only a Muslim wore the regalia of the religion? If others wore theirs, then how would the ceremony look like with such a medley of regalia. Muslims are intolerant and incompatible with any other people in modern times. This is hard fact. But why is this happening more about 103 yrs since the creation of Nigeria?? Why???? Because an extremist is president. Pure & Simple!

    • Otile

      This is good commonsense my friend. I totally agree with you on this issue. Peace and respect.

    • wode

      *This is hard fact. But why is this happening more about 103 yrs since the creation of Nigeria?? Why???? Because an extremist is president. Pure & Simple!”

      That’s rather unfair comment. How on earth would you connect the event that happened in a law school where somebody’s right is being violated with a Muslim being the President? It should have been the other way round (that the lady wouldn’t have been denied being called to bar) if that was the case. Or are you implying that an Islamic body can only express itself when a Muslim leader is in a position of authority? I think the NSCIA is even being constrained on that account.

      It is disappointing and really an attestation to the issue raised by the press release for somebody to be tagging the president an extremist. What has he done for him to deserve being qualified as such? Here is a President that has the highest number of pastors in his cabinet, including his VP. So, such a line of thinking is quite inordinate, not factual and illogical.

  • soulchild

    So an organisation like NSCIA exists and yet bono haram slaughters thousands in the name of Islam and they hide in dark corners and say nothing about these killings. They don’t condemn or distance themselves from those killers. Bloody hypocrites all of them. You agenda will fail.

    As for baby lawyer, please fall in line and obey the rules.

    Any abusive replies to my comments, a million times return to sender.

  • thusspokez

    In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday morning, the Deputy Secretary General of the organisation, Salisu Shehu, a professor, accused the Nigerian Law School of lawlessness and Islamophobia.

    The group threatened nationwide protest and a fierce legal action should the law school fail to rescind its decision not to call the affected graduate, Firdaus Amosa, to the bar.

    The NSCIA is using methods borrowed from Western homosexual LGBT protest user-manual. The tactics, language and threats are the same except the world “LGBT” has been replaced with “Islam” e.g., “Homophobia” replaced with “Islamophobia”.

  • Ubong

    I cannot wait to see this last straw that will break the camels back being implemented in a country that in it rightful nature is not supposed to be one. The north will protest as usual and probably Amaechi and Okorocha will align with the regional zombie military and security outfits to unleashed python kill them on. One thing i am seeing here is a plot to create mayhem among highly enlightened and peace loving southern Muslims to join in tbeir plots to destabilize the country or probably turn Nigeria to Islamic republic We are waiting and watching all this unfolding. It started with the mayhem killing by untouchables herdsmen witb government keeping mute and unconcerned. But the law ethics might be the last straw and not the oil or IPOB.

    • wode

      This is not about any Northern or Southern Muslims. All Muslims are together. This has nothing to do with Politics. It has nothing to do with tribe or language. It’s purely about right to religious practice and those that are concerned know better. Nobody is interest in any mayhem neither would anybody interested in any violence. It’s about giving everybody their rights.

      • Otile

        Yeah, nobody is interested in mayhem… Are you speaking for Buhari and his associates? Do you know how many mayhems and coups he has sponsored since the 60s? Do you know how many people that lost their lives because of his personal ambitions?

        • wode

          And how is Buhari connected to this?

  • So oju abe niko

    I only wish that the law school authority could have resolved this expeditiously before this turns into a full blown religious brouhaha. NSCIA should have simply stick to the Hijab issue and not go down the historical lane of (perceived) oppression. With the NSCIA statement, many crazies from both sides will come out of the woodwork and it is going to end up being a giant mess. This young lady made an admirable and principled stand on Hijab, but the law school dropped the ball by not resolving the simple issue quickly. This ultimately boils down to convention versus the constitution. And the constitution will always trump conventions every time.

    • Dayo

      Infact I admire your brain, u really get sense, u re well fed with knowledge , thanks for the knowledge imparted

    • wode

      That memory lane is quite important and necessary. It is circumstance like this that normally bring this type of issue to the fore. The age long silence of Muslims is being taken to mean something else. Alas, that can not continue for ever. Those that are guilty of the story in the memory lane would know that Muslims are not fools, they know of what has been going on but they choose to be patience, accommodating and show high sense of togetherness and understanding. Unfortunately, it is the same Muslims that are being called all sort of names despite being the victims. This is a frank talk that needs to be told once in a while.

    • Oluomo

      Nigeria is siteing on gun powder why religiousity is coursing more and more division among us, jut a common sence should Tell a reasonable gov, why suicide bombers used Hijab for cover to do evils. As for me if the Allah is not an Evil, but some in name they do evils work, I think pepole change their attitude and live religion out of government issue.

  • objective

    I don’t know why people always shout wolf where there is none. This matter is such a simple one. The Legal Profession is separate and distinct from any religion; this makes it secular. It has its rules and ethics. Dressing is clearly prescribed under the relevant guidance. It is incumbent on any person aspiring to become a member of such profession to be absolutely prepared to comply with the rules guiding the profession, to fail to do so, is to act defiantly, and which in itself, is a sin.

    It is not part of the dressing of Lawyers to wear hijab, cassocks, religious scarfs or any dress that is not prescribed by the rules. Reverend Sisters and honourable Muslim women have been training and becoming members of the profession for as long as the profession has existed, and never in the history of the profession has it ever happened either in Nigeria or elsewhere, that any of such women insisted on dressing in a manner which is completely at variance with the ethics of the profession when being called to bar as a Barrister. To insist on acting contrary to the dictate of the profession, is in itself a ground of not being a fit and proper person to be admitted.

    For avoidance of doubt, the legal profession is not an appendage of any church or mosque and the status quo must be so maintained. The Lawyers must therefore stand their grounds on this matter, so as to forestall a situation, where after a while, Christians too, will insist on coming to court in Bishop Caps, idol worshippers will insist on coming in their traditional apparels and law courts will be turned into an unidentifiable procession.

  • obiora

    If she is a strong Muslim as they want us to believe she would not agree even to be called to Bar if it is not a Sharia Bar.Why did they not call Her to Sharia bar. It is HaraM AND CRIMINAL for a Sharia Lawyer to be called to Secular bar.

    • Dayo

      Sorry pple doesn’t have sense at all , they just talk, at least , if they don’t even go to school , common sense is there na,such is the case with Obiora….lol islamaphobia, hatred for islam….Obiora , go borrow some brain , bcos it is not a must u comment, u really irritate me with your write up

      • obiora

        When you Musilems understand that You are not alone in this World then Islam can be called a religion. Mr sense Dayo it is Haram in Islam if you are one, to send you Child to any school that is not Sharia. Or your name will be missing when Eight virgins will be shared.You Musilems will chose one Free stolen OIL money from Niger-Delta or Mohamed and his Virgins.

  • Femi

    You cannot be wearing your religion on your head all the time, particularly as a a lawyer. This lady that is insisting on the hijab, will be interesting to hear her thoughts on some Islamic beliefs like 1) A woman’s testimony being worth 50% of that of a man. 2) Death penalty for apostasy 3) Age of marriage being from when a girl stars to menstruate, etc… We all know that in Nigeria and indeed, most parts of the Islamic world, these things are hardly practiced apart from number 3. If accommodations can be made for some things for peace and harmony within a plural society, what is so sacrosanct about the hijab? You have a wig covering your hair for goodness sake!

    The hijab is not worn for the identity it confers on the person as a Muslim, it is worn as a covering to preserve a “woman’s modesty” and the wig does the same thing, just like any other garment. If you look at a lot of muslim women in the north, they do not wear the hijab. They just wear head-tie and blouses that cover their bosoms well enough or sometimes, they may place a shawl from their shoulders down to cover the “offending” part. How is this different from the prescribed lawyer’s robe? This impudent little girl needs to be ignored. Her parents who are Muslims appealed to her, some Muslim members of the body of benchers appealed to her, all to no avail. I think the best thing is for her to be left alone to go back to her Ilorin abode till she’s ready to do the right thing

    • Remu Rik

      Why should we look at the Muslims from the north? Are they our role models? No!!!
      So @femi get your facts right because here in the north you see even Christians on head ties. Also point of correction the wig can’t be compared to a scarf has your hair is revealed when on wig and while on scarf its not. Do why can’t she have her scarf on? Yes! Why can’t she?

  • obiora

    Nigeriasns stop Voting Religious Terrorist as President. Stop voting with Stomach. Stop voting because my brother will be second or third Man or vote for contracts. If you stop all you will see pease. This is exactly the beginning of what people will see if the Old Terrorist get second tearm.

  • Otile

    Mad muslims will stop at nothing short of imposing Islam on everybody. They want everybody to accept their senseless behaviors and ridiculous practices in the name of one Nigeria. Nigeria needs to divide, we are not one especially under the sheepish leadership of Buhari.

    • bashkano

      Indeed your hatred for Islam, Muslims, Hausa/Fulani and Buhari knows no bound. There is no iota of doubt about that, going through all your postings in the media outfits. This has become your identifying characteristic. From all indications you will never be cured of your maniac obsession and a pitiful dementia, until you are put six feet under.

      • Otile

        You’re wrong, I do not hate any tribe or religioun. What I hate is the behavior of those who hide under Islam to behead, deny people their rights, lord authorities over others, deny others their rightful opportunities. You must understand that people do not like their oppressors. Let your leaders be a little fair to others you will see that public outcries, and agitations will lessen.

        • bashkano

          Otile, you need to re-search your conscience and try to re-make yourself. We have, for long, been following your contributions in the national discourse and those few people from your side who reason issues like you and, doubtless, there is no love lost between you and the rest of the other ethnic groups outside your own, particularly the Hausa/Fulani, their Religion, Culture and all that constitute their traditions. You always portray the supremacy of your race, norms, religion and cultures etc and totally forget that as social animals, we all have our shortcomings either as a race, tribe. or otherwise We all have the good, the bad and even the worst amongst us. You cannot visit the wrongs of a few group of people of a particular race, religion on the generality of that race. Incontrovertibly as it is, there are bad people who claim to be Muslims and yet do not follow the Islamic dictums. They constitute themselves a threat not only to those people outside their religious beliefs but also to those who they purportedly share the same religious beliefs with. Obviously, the undoings of those few people with a warped idea of their religion should not, by any means, be translated by anyone with commonsense as the command of either their religion, leaders or their traditions. We have miscreants all over and across religious beliefs. For example, you always adduce and claim all Muslims are terrorists because of some few disgruntled groups like Boko Harams. You go further to be abusing our leaders who, incidentally, are fully engaged in decimating those distasteful blood thirsty miscreants. Now, the question I will like you to answer faithfully please is: Has Christianity allowed its followers to be kidnappers, armed robbers, drug pushers or being generic criminals all over the globe. If you cannot answer me, I will myself. Christianity has never and will never allow its followers to behave in such disastrous manners. Only the deviants and defiant ones perpetrate such criminalizes. So is the same in Islam. Finally, if you are a politician you better please confine yourself to politicking devoid of delving yourself into the religious sensibilities of a whole race.

          • Otile

            You didn’t answer your question truthfully. You interjected kidnapping, prostituting and other crimes and gave the false impression that those crimes are unique to a particular tribe. You are wrong, Buhari introduced kidnapping in Nigeria when he kidnapped Dikko. It is on record that it became the first instance of kidnapping in the nation. Ever since then the ugly practice has been going on by bad members of every tribe including the Hausa Fulani. As a matter of fact more heinous incidents of kidnapping have taken place in the Muslim North than any other location. The spectacular kidnapping that shocked the world a few years ago took place in Chibok where over 300 girls were kidnapped by Muslims in the name of Allah. Have you forgotten so quickly? As for international prostitution many Northern Muslima have been caught pants down red handed in the holy land and many have been executed while many more are in prison for the offence. You see, you cannot use incidents of crimes to blackmail us because your people commit more outrageous crimes than anybody else. Your corrupt leaders loot more than other politicians but you pretend about it. Search your conscience and stop acting holier than thou. Ka ji ko?

          • bashkano

            I am not a tribal jingoist like you hence loathe to go too far on this particular issue. Another reason is that i always try to avoid inflaming the passion of a majority because of the stupidity of a minority. I have a lot of respect for some of my bosses who are from your side of the divide and whom we have worked together and still have good relationships with. Whatever I say here in answering your ambiguity will certainly not be to their liking. However, it may perhaps help you to check the crime records in all our security outfits both in Nigeria and in our Embassies. This will likely disabuse your mind and help stop being arrogant in your contributions to any national discourse.

          • Otile

            I am a very humble man, anybody accusing me of arrogance is jealous of my good nature and truthfulness. Show me any arrogance in my comments.

    • Remu Rik

      Hey man, be very careful of what you say. No one is saying you should use a head cover because someone used it(that’s even if you can ever be a lawyer). Moreover the almighty Jonathan that you guys presented what did he do? He stole and mismanage our funds. empty all we labored funds and became an ATM without pin.
      Be watchful of what you say!

  • Lanre

    This is how the Hausa-Fulani have used Islam as a weapon to subjugate the other ethnic groups in Nigeria. Through the NSCIA, The Sultan of Sokoto, Jamatu Nasril Islam and such other groups. Today, as a result of their obstinacy, obduracy, domineering and vengeful actions the North East has been destroyed. And the Niger-Delta is paying for it. We will continue to demand for the freedom of Yorubaland from Nigeria. Yorubas will vote in a simple referendum whether or not religious attire can be worn in secular activities. We don’t need the conquering minions of Uthman Dan Fodio riding on horses from Sokoto, telling us what to do.
    Yoruba Ronu!

    • xabnuq

      Fools like you are not suppose to be attended to.however, because your name sound Yoruba,I will take you down the history line a bit.
      Islam got to yorubaland in earlier 1500 and it had established firmly 300 years before the coming of the British Christian missionaries. So the first foreign religion is islam and hence it was Christians under the guise of western education that conscript majorly Muslim Yoruba to become Christians at d first place.demanding for referendum for wether some things could be done would also include d public holiday on Sundays for because its a secular state.and mind you we are patient but do not over steped ur boundary.Muslims have been going on pilgrimage for a thousand years even before the birth of Nigeria yet you also wants to go on pilgrimage out of jealousy. Point it to me where pligrage is stated in new tastament.Sundays were giving to Christian to attend churches while Fridays still remains a working days.Saturdays were also giving to d 7th day adventist (another set of christians)yet we Muslims are not complaining.
      For the yorubaland,we shall demand for referendum and we are the majority hence we ll decide what suite us
      You can migrate to Benin Republic if you want
      All what I ve stated here are fact you can check.the post colonial subjugation of our believe as Muslims in the south west has ended and infact Christians are minority in yorubaland..demographically!or how would you describe such a situations where one man one wife (christian)to one man two wife’s at least (muslims)to be in the nearest future?
      We are not imposing islam on anybody but you can never stop us from practising our religion!
      Wait and see next years call to bar..our females shall be in their headscarf just like fridaus in thousands and heaven would not fall.
      If you like you can come in your robe…”Adaba onani an kungbe,inanjo eyenlo ni”!!
      If truly you are Yoruba,you ll decipher that!

      • obiora

        Musilems in Hungry Nigeria one man two Wives at list you said because Stolen free Oil money in Niger-Delta.

  • Ahiaba Alilu Felix

    Islam came by force and is still using force, if not how can one belong to an organization and you want to challenge the status quo and gaining support, very soon Judges and Iawyers of Islamic faith will wear whatever they choose. Challenging status quo is a disobedience and a sin.

    • Kosi Omasili

      Ahiaba, I agree with you. Please you people should stop removing my post. Nigerians need to be educated on this matter.

      The Truth About The Lady Who Refused To Remove Her Hijab & So Was Denied Admission To The Nigerian Bar.

      This eye witness, who shares his own view of the whole saga, happens to be one of the officials who screened the aspirants at that time.
      I witnessed the baring of the lady from gaining entry into the call auditorium. Kindly note that I was part of the officials that screened Aspirants to the Bar on that very day and I participated in the entry screening for the four batches that were called on those two days.

      I witnessed the whole drama … You don’t have an idea of the attitude of that religious extremist of a lady who was not ready to submit her personal sentiments to the rules of this profession. .. See eehh we have what we call “regulation dress code for ladies” in the legal profession. The attire is clearly spelt out in our code of conduct book… Hijab is obviously not part of it and you must deal with that obvious fact…All our laws should not be bent for every wave of religious doctrines or practices… otherwise we won’t have a functional and fair law… My religion makes us believe that black represents evil..should I now wear white suit to law school or for my call to bar because of my religion?

      There were over a thousand Muslim ladies we screened for the two days I was on duty .why should her case be different? We asked her to step aside and remove her hijab… Imaging about 5 law school lecturers from Abuja campus begging a mere aspirant to the bar to do the right thing and she bluntly refused. Pls we should stop giving this misfit of a lady an undue publicity for such an unpardonable display of crude rudeness to constituted authorities.

      Denying her access to the call hall did not in any way violate her right to freedom of worship under Sections 38 or 39 of the 1999 CFRN , We all know that none of the rights enshrined in Chapter 4 of the 1999 CFRN is absolute. The denial was fair, proper and lawful. Note that some Christians prohibit wearing of trouser by ladies, but they allow their ladies wear it during their NYSC. Will you say they are not serious with their religion?

      Pls we should all jointly condemn this misbehavior of the lady in question and put an end to this emotional sentiments we project here…Buhari’s daughter during her call to bar last year… She wasn’t putting on her hijab..but she wears it to any other places she goes…I have met this Buhari’s daughter twice at Coscharis Office in Abuja and at both occasions she wore her hijab, but never wore it during her stay in law school or on her call day… The lady should go to court if she feels she is above the law or that Islam is superior our circular laws.

      This country is not an Islamic State and will never be … If she is not ready to submit to the rules of the profession, she should as well go and study Islamic studies and bash her PHD in it. I hope nobody will raise an eye brow if a Revd. Father insists that he should be called wearing his cassock and rosary? Hope you will be ok to attend a call to bar ceremony in the nearest future only to see a man wearing a red skirt decorated with cowries because that is what the gods have asked him to wear?
      Do you know how many christians whose faith does not support the wearing of trousers but are compelled to do during the compulsory service? During NDA passing out parade, women (including muslim female soilders) cut their hair to the skin. No strand of hair is allowed on your hair let alone hijab. How many persons have challenged that?

      The dress code for lawyers in Nigeria predates Nigeria. If you bend a little, you will have to continue to bend to allow other religions and faith at the end of the day the beauty of the profession will be lost. Law is not for all.If you are too religious for law, try other professions. Law is not religious fanaticism. And we should also note that no attire covers one’s body than that of a Catholic Reverend Sister, who took her religion very serious to the point of electing never to get married throughout her lifetime, all of them appear in the prescribed regulation dress code for ladies during their call to bar. Reverend Fathers alike. The Lady could have still cover her body totally in her regulation dress without humiliating her entire family and kindred by bringing them to Abuja only to disgrace them by her unreasoned religious bigotry. Law with its tradition is older than Christianity and Islam and should for no reason whatsoever be made a slave to any of the two. Let’s keep this debate straight and fair in order not to sacrifice the nobility of this profession on the altar of religious sentiments. We should resist any unholy temptation to rewrite our laws just because of the attitude of one person who has refused to be purged of personal sentiments throughout her 6 years of education.
      My people, just like the popular case of Kayode Bello in law school, this very case will soon be swept under the carpet. Just like Kayode had enjoyed his unprofitable publicity and now languishing in lonely regrets, this very demonstration of foolery by the lady will still face same fate…In two months’ time all these dusts will settle and the bigot of a lady will be left to suffer the consequences of her stupidity in solitude, while all her chanters will proceed with their normal daily activities.

      In conclusion, if the lady should be donated the so much alarmed sympathy and condonation, the following should also be considered in other to balance the equation:
      Muslim lawyers should be allowed to wear hijabs. Deeper life members shouldn’t be made to wear NYSC trousers. Lords chosen lawyers can wear their bullet proof vests to call to bar auditorium. Celestial lawyers should be allowed to wear their white garments. Traditional Idol worshipers like witch or native doctors should be allowed to appear in their red wrappers, feathers of birds, chocks and beads/cowries to law school and call to bar auditorium. Since we’re all mad right?

  • Kosi Omasili

    Prof. Salihu Shehu, please stop ranting nonsense. The rules of the Legal Profession in Nigeria remains the rules and everyone in the profession must abide by it! The laws cannot be bent for anybody because that will raise another fundamental human rights issue and Constitutional crisis. Allowing your so-called and irresponsible Abdulsalam Firdaos Amosa to wear her Hijab will amount to discrimination against all other Nigerian citizens and lawyers that were called to Bar and that were not allowed to wear what their religion permits.

    Section 42 of the Nigerian Constitution says “A citizen of Nigeria of a particular community, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion shall not, by reason only that he is such a person – be subjected either expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any executive or administrative action of the government, to disabilities or restrictions to which citizens of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religion or political opinions are not made subject.

  • Kosi Omasili

    The Truth About The Lady Who Refused To Remove Her Hijab & So Was Denied Admission To The Nigerian Bar.

    This eye witness, who shares his own view of the whole saga, happens to be one of the officials who screened the aspirants at that time.
    I witnessed the baring of the lady from gaining entry into the call auditorium. Kindly note that I was part of the officials that screened Aspirants to the Bar on that very day and I participated in the entry screening for the four batches that were called on those two days.

    I witnessed the whole drama … You don’t have an idea of the attitude of that religious extremist of a lady who was not ready to submit her personal sentiments to the rules of this profession. .. See eehh we have what we call “regulation dress code for ladies” in the legal profession. The attire is clearly spelt out in our code of conduct book… Hijab is obviously not part of it and you must deal with that obvious fact…All our laws should not be bent for every wave of religious doctrines or practices… otherwise we won’t have a functional and fair law… My religion makes us believe that black represents evil..should I now wear white suit to law school or for my call to bar because of my religion?

    There were over a thousand Muslim ladies we screened for the two days I was on duty .why should her case be different? We asked her to step aside and remove her hijab… Imaging about 5 law school lecturers from Abuja campus begging a mere aspirant to the bar to do the right thing and she bluntly refused. Pls we should stop giving this misfit of a lady an undue publicity for such an unpardonable display of crude rudeness to constituted authorities.

    Denying her access to the call hall did not in any way violate her right to freedom of worship under Sections 38 or 39 of the 1999 CFRN , We all know that none of the rights enshrined in Chapter 4 of the 1999 CFRN is absolute. The denial was fair, proper and lawful. Note that some Christians prohibit wearing of trouser by ladies, but they allow their ladies wear it during their NYSC. Will you say they are not serious with their religion?

    Pls we should all jointly condemn this misbehavior of the lady in question and put an end to this emotional sentiments we project here…Buhari’s daughter during her call to bar last year… She wasn’t putting on her hijab..but she wears it to any other places she goes…I have met this Buhari’s daughter twice at Coscharis Office in Abuja and at both occasions she wore her hijab, but never wore it during her stay in law school or on her call day… The lady should go to court if she feels she is above the law or that Islam is superior our circular laws.

    This country is not an Islamic State and will never be … If she is not ready to submit to the rules of the profession, she should as well go and study Islamic studies and bash her PHD in it. I hope nobody will raise an eye brow if a Revd. Father insists that he should be called wearing his cassock and rosary? Hope you will be ok to attend a call to bar ceremony in the nearest future only to see a man wearing a red skirt decorated with cowries because that is what the gods have asked him to wear?
    Do you know how many christians whose faith does not support the wearing of trousers but are compelled to do during the compulsory service? During NDA passing out parade, women (including muslim female soilders) cut their hair to the skin. No strand of hair is allowed on your hair let alone hijab. How many persons have challenged that?

    The dress code for lawyers in Nigeria predates Nigeria. If you bend a little, you will have to continue to bend to allow other religions and faith at the end of the day the beauty of the profession will be lost. Law is not for all.If you are too religious for law, try other professions. Law is not religious fanaticism. And we should also note that no attire covers one’s body than that of a Catholic Reverend Sister, who took her religion very serious to the point of electing never to get married throughout her lifetime, all of them appear in the prescribed regulation dress code for ladies during their call to bar. Reverend Fathers alike. The Lady could have still cover her body totally in her regulation dress without humiliating her entire family and kindred by bringing them to Abuja only to disgrace them by her unreasoned religious bigotry. Law with its tradition is older than Christianity and Islam and should for no reason whatsoever be made a slave to any of the two. Let’s keep this debate straight and fair in order not to sacrifice the nobility of this profession on the altar of religious sentiments. We should resist any unholy temptation to rewrite our laws just because of the attitude of one person who has refused to be purged of personal sentiments throughout her 6 years of education.
    My people, just like the popular case of Kayode Bello in law school, this very case will soon be swept under the carpet. Just like Kayode had enjoyed his unprofitable publicity and now languishing in lonely regrets, this very demonstration of foolery by the lady will still face same fate…In two months’ time all these dusts will settle and the bigot of a lady will be left to suffer the consequences of her stupidity in solitude, while all her chanters will proceed with their normal daily activities.

    In conclusion, if the lady should be donated the so much alarmed sympathy and condonation, the following should also be considered in other to balance the equation:
    Muslim lawyers should be allowed to wear hijabs. Deeper life members shouldn’t be made to wear NYSC trousers. Lords chosen lawyers can wear their bullet proof vests to call to bar auditorium. Celestial lawyers should be allowed to wear their white garments. Traditional Idol worshipers like witch or native doctors should be allowed to appear in their red wrappers, feathers of birds, chocks and beads/cowries to law school and call to bar auditorium. Since we’re all mad right?

  • TDaniels2

    Nigeria is a secular state and belongs to no religion or cleric! Although clamouring for hijab should migrate to Syria, Iraq, Saudi, Libya or any other Muslim state of their choice. Nigeria as federation of many nations of people can’t be reduced to ghettoes of religious bigots, it must remained as one homogeneous indivisible country!

  • Kosi Omasili

    The Truth About The Lady Who Refused To Remove Her Hijab & So Was Denied Admission To The Nigerian Bar.

    This eye witness, who shares his own view of the whole saga, happens to be one of the officials who screened the aspirants at that time.
    I witnessed the baring of the lady from gaining entry into the call auditorium. Kindly note that I was part of the officials that screened Aspirants to the Bar on that very day and I participated in the entry screening for the four batches that were called on those two days.

    I witnessed the whole drama … You don’t have an idea of the attitude of that religious extremist of a lady who was not ready to submit her personal sentiments to the rules of this profession. .. See eehh we have what we call “regulation dress code for ladies” in the legal profession. The attire is clearly spelt out in our code of conduct book… Hijab is obviously not part of it and you must deal with that obvious fact…All our laws should not be bent for every wave of religious doctrines or practices… otherwise we won’t have a functional and fair law… My religion makes us believe that black represents evil..should I now wear white suit to law school or for my call to bar because of my religion?

    There were over a thousand Muslim ladies we screened for the two days I was on duty .why should her case be different? We asked her to step aside and remove her hijab… Imaging about 5 law school lecturers from Abuja campus begging a mere aspirant to the bar to do the right thing and she bluntly refused. Pls we should stop giving this misfit of a lady an undue publicity for such an unpardonable display of crude rudeness to constituted authorities.

    Denying her access to the call hall did not in any way violate her right to freedom of worship under Sections 38 or 39 of the 1999 CFRN , We all know that none of the rights enshrined in Chapter 4 of the 1999 CFRN is absolute. The denial was fair, proper and lawful. Note that some Christians prohibit wearing of trouser by ladies, but they allow their ladies wear it during their NYSC. Will you say they are not serious with their religion?

    Pls we should all jointly condemn this misbehavior of the lady in question and put an end to this emotional sentiments we project here…Buhari’s daughter during her call to bar last year… She wasn’t putting on her hijab..but she wears it to any other places she goes…I have met this Buhari’s daughter twice at Coscharis Office in Abuja and at both occasions she wore her hijab, but never wore it during her stay in law school or on her call day… The lady should go to court if she feels she is above the law or that Islam is superior our circular laws.

    This country is not an Islamic State and will never be … If she is not ready to submit to the rules of the profession, she should as well go and study Islamic studies and bash her PHD in it. I hope nobody will raise an eye brow if a Revd. Father insists that he should be called wearing his cassock and rosary? Hope you will be ok to attend a call to bar ceremony in the nearest future only to see a man wearing a red skirt decorated with cowries because that is what the gods have asked him to wear?
    Do you know how many christians whose faith does not support the wearing of trousers but are compelled to do during the compulsory service? During NDA passing out parade, women (including muslim female soilders) cut their hair to the skin. No strand of hair is allowed on your hair let alone hijab. How many persons have challenged that?

    The dress code for lawyers in Nigeria predates Nigeria. If you bend a little, you will have to continue to bend to allow other religions and faith at the end of the day the beauty of the profession will be lost. Law is not for all.If you are too religious for law, try other professions. Law is not religious fanaticism. And we should also note that no attire covers one’s body than that of a Catholic Reverend Sister, who took her religion very serious to the point of electing never to get married throughout her lifetime, all of them appear in the prescribed regulation dress code for ladies during their call to bar. Reverend Fathers alike. The Lady could have still cover her body totally in her regulation dress without humiliating her entire family and kindred by bringing them to Abuja only to disgrace them by her unreasoned religious bigotry. Law with its tradition is older than Christianity and Islam and should for no reason whatsoever be made a slave to any of the two. Let’s keep this debate straight and fair in order not to sacrifice the nobility of this profession on the altar of religious sentiments. We should resist any unholy temptation to rewrite our laws just because of the attitude of one person who has refused to be purged of personal sentiments throughout her 6 years of education.
    My people, just like the popular case of Kayode Bello in law school, this very case will soon be swept under the carpet. Just like Kayode had enjoyed his unprofitable publicity and now languishing in lonely regrets, this very demonstration of foolery by the lady will still face same fate…In two months’ time all these dusts will settle and the bigot of a lady will be left to suffer the consequences of her stupidity in solitude, while all her chanters will proceed with their normal daily activities.

    In conclusion, if the lady should be donated the so much alarmed sympathy and condonation, the following should also be considered in other to balance the equation:
    Muslim lawyers should be allowed to wear hijabs. Deeper life members shouldn’t be made to wear NYSC trousers. Lords chosen lawyers can wear their bullet proof vests to call to bar auditorium. Celestial lawyers should be allowed to wear their white garments. Traditional Idol worshipers like witch or native doctors should be allowed to appear in their red wrappers, feathers of birds, chocks and beads/cowries to law school and call to bar auditorium. Since we’re all mad right?