MURIC attacks Fani-kayode over law school hijab ban comment

Femi Fani-Kayode

Rights group, Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC), has issued the statement below lambasting former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, over the politician’s comment on the hijab controversy rocking the Nigerian Law School.

Read full statement below.

18th December, 2017

PRESS RELEASE:
LAW SCHOOL HIJAB SAGA:
FANI KAYODE’S COMMENT IS MOST UNCHARITABLE

Former Minister of Aviation, Fani Kayode, has allegedly blamed Amasa Firdaus who was denied ‘call to bar’ by officials of the Council of Legal Education (CLE) for failing to remove her hijab. The ex-minister said Firdaus was only being childish and disingenuous as Nigeria is a secular state and she could not insist on wearing a religious garb during a secular ceremony.

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly denounces Fani Kayode’s unsolicited comment. It is pregnant with hate, disdain and arrogance. Fani Kayode’s comment is most uncharitable. It is petty, meddlesome and ungentlemanly. Worst still, it is short in chivalry, long in cowardice.

He allegedly tweeted: “You cannot insist on wearing religious garb during a secular ceremony and she is not the first Muslim to be called to the Nigerian bar. Nigeria is a secular state.”

This is absolute bunkum. Does that mean Nigeria does not want to see Muslims? Or that Nigeria does not recognize Muslims as citizens who should enjoy fundamental human rights?

Does that mean Muslims should remove all religious adornments and identifications whenever they attend public programmes? Haven’t we seen bishops and pastors wearing religious robes while attending public and non-religious functions in this country? Has anyone ever demanded that they should remove their Christian garbs?

Will Fani Kayode one day seek public office and expect Muslims to vote for him? We are waiting for the day. While patriotic Nigerians are trying hard to sink their religious differences in order to promote unity in our diversity, people like Fani Kayode are fanning the embers of war through the promotion of primordial sentiment.

When many liberal and level-headed Christians are joining other freedom loving Nigerians to condemn the law school on this extreme and irrational behavior, Fani Kayode could only visualize himself in a crusader’s armour charging furiously with his spear raised to deal a murderous blow on a vulnerable citizen, a defenceless lady for that matter. Where is Fani Kayode’s self-acclaimed heroism? Where is his manliness? So Fani Kayode feels great pleasure in the persecution of a Muslim lady; where is his legal mind? It is our contention that Fani Kayode has lost his legal mind. He is not thinking as a lawyer, but as an unrepentant Muslim hater and a bigoted anti-Muslim crusader.

As we round up, we call on Nigerians to eschew religious discrimination and to see themselves as people of identical destiny regardless of religious background. We appeal to Fani Kayode to stop stirring the hornet’s nest, to love his fellow Nigerian regardless of religious or ethnic background and to learn the basic principles of tolerance and peaceful coexistence. We warn Nigerians to be wary of people like Fani Kayode who are misleading Nigerians with their erroneous claim that Nigeria is a secular state. Nay, Nigeria is a multi-religious state and confusionists cum demagogues should allow this to sink into their medullae oblongata.

Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Director,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)


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  • The Nationalst

    MURIC be smoking something really strong. I wonder why they mentioned bishops and clerics wearing their uniforms to secular functions in a discussion that’s limited to dress code when being called to bar

    At least they couldn’t claim they saw a Bishop wearing his bishop uniform while being called to bar.

    • Absolutely Sane

      That is because it is a culture or practice not ordained by God. It is a dress culture that does not have it basis in the Bible but that of human fabrication. So, just shut up and make sure you keep off from what you are smoking. I beg you.

      • The Nationalst

        Take some time to reread my post and your response.

        You made absolutely no sense, just like the MURIC statement.

  • International games

    Many Bishops and Nuns have been called to the Bar. None of these were allowed to wear their Religious garments. Please let sleeping dogs lie.

  • Arabakpura

    Nigeria wants to recognize Muslims as citizens; infact Nigeria should recognize Boko Haram as legitimate Muslims worshipping their Allah according to his injunction!

  • Haruna Umar

    Femi Fani Kayode is an educated ignoramus who does not know the essence of human existence talkless of human rights and peaceful coexistence

    • August January

      Shut up!!! You Islamic ignoramus and fanatic!!!!

  • shalom

    We av seen many Islamic cleric wearing turbans to public functions as well. I am even amazed to see some of these political Profs especially from South West carrying religion on their head when in the real sense they are not even recognised as true Muslims by the Hausa/Fulanis Muslims. Those sincere southern Muslims who live in the north know better. Until we put aside religion and tribalism in Nigeria, I doubt if this nation will develop.

    • Absolutely Sane

      They have no business with recognition from Hausa community. They worship not a sect or any human being but God almighty; therefore they can only be worried if The God, our creator, rejected them.
      A load of you guys worship not God but man, that is why people like you are hell bent on spreading unfounded rumour meant to cause disharmony between the two tribes.

      • shalom

        Harmony indeed…

    • Mike Dawodu

      What exactly do you have against south west people?You guys love to cry more than the bereaved, South west muslims don’t worship just so northern muslims will love them, they just worship God as good as they can.You guys don’t realize that everyone has freedom of religion and that’s what we do here in the south west, there are many Christians and so are there many Muslims and we live together in peace,everyone is free to serve God the way he or she deems fit and nobody can and will begrudge you for that. For you biafra or death,you hate Muslims, you hate northerners and you hate Yoruba, fine, it’s within your right not to like or like whoever you want but please stop the hypocrisy and agonizing over issues that have nothing to do with you or when did Yoruba Muslims complain to you about how they’re treated by northern Muslims? The same Muslims and northerners that you hate is now your beautiful bride that you now praise to high heavens as your atiku or death mantra, good luck with that.

  • Emeka

    Even though I dislike ffk with passion, I really think he’s back to his senses for once on this. This so-called professor, Ishaq Akintola, is a senseless bigot for thinking he would shove his religious practice down the throat of Nigerians, by going against a laydown rule, just because he wants to exhibit or showcase the imaginary superiority of his religion, Mr. Prof! it won’t work. We have reverend Fathers who are lawyers, but never went with their cassocks. Who’s he to change the rules? What people wouldn’t expect to divide this nation, might eventually be the staff that would divide the “Nigerian Red-Sea.”

  • Roseline

    Someone somewhere is using this lady to start a subtle war.

  • The Nationalst

    Seen Muslims cannot agree fully in why I acceptable as hijab. There are so many versions from.the fully covered one where the eyes are even his behind a net, to the one with a slit for the eyes, and so many versions of the scarf – some Lev the front of the hair uncovered,bsom cover the hair and neck etc.

    How o they expect the law school to adopt and standardize wat they themselves have found impossible to do ?.

    Tomorrow, the one wearing the fully covered masquerade hijab would decide that they must wear that on top of or under their legal gown

    • seegee

      No. You are the ignorant one.sorry to say. The hijab covers the hair down to the shoulders that’s it. Anything else is just not an hijab You can even choose to use a simple scarf. Also if it’s okay to wear outfits from suits to evening gowns beneath the gown why should a woman wearing a garb from her religious beliefs be banned?

      • Oladeru

        Mindless argument

  • August January

    This lady doesn’t worth the honour of a lawyer!!! I know at least 2 Catholic priests who are practising lawyers. Would it be right for them to put their gowns on their Roman or clerical collars in court instead of wearing their gowns and bibs?

    • seegee

      Mr man stop making a full o yourself. Covering of hair can’t be equated to full outfit that are worn on special occasions. The hijab is part of Muslim woman’s clothing much like a pair of socks. Shame our institutions ate still stuck in the slavery era

      • August January

        Are there no Muslim women in the Nigeria military and police, for example? How many of them wear hijab with their uniforms? Tell me, Mr Islamic fanatic!!!

  • Dr Pat Mumuwole Awosan

    Why must it be muslims all the time? I am sure there were more Christians, Traditional worshippers and free thinkers who graduated and were present than muslims. Why then did it have to be a muslim who wore her regalia? Imagine if the Aladura, Celestial, Olumba Olumba, Harikrishna, Sango, Amadioha, Odriakodaji, Ombote, Ayelala etc worshippers all appeared at the gathering with their religious regalia, how will the gathering look like? Muslims will always prove that they are incompatible and that is how they cause problem everywhere they live and go. Do they think of others at all? Nonsense!

    • princegab

      Thank you sir, it’s inferiority complex on the part of MURIC. We saw these nonsense played out in the “state of osun”. Bigots won’t let god sleep thereby creating problems everywhere they go.

      • share Idea

        Imagine what would have happened if GEJ were to be the president, they would have claimed that christian president have instructed NBA to disrepect Muslims. MURIC used example that was different from main subject.

        He talked about Bishops and priest attending functions in their religious garment but could not distinguish between the people attending as friends and attending as the celebrants which is the core issue. No Christian leader (Bispo, Priest, Sister) would have attempted to wear their religious garment for such occassion if they are one of the celebrant.

        The bible those religious people read admonishes them to Give to Caeser what belong to Caeser and to God what belongs to Him. Difficult for discerning minds to understand why this MURIC would never understand that there is time for everything – MAJEK the muscian told us that everything in Life has got its time and season…

        • princegab

          These are tell tale signs that majority of the people are in despair. We are unfortunate with leadership.

    • seegee

      They are welcome. If cultural and religious beliefs aren’t important enough to those people you mentioned then that’s their perogative. Others will challenge the status quo and fight for positive change. Never mind those people you mentioned may then begin to enjoy the fruits of struggles of others

  • Dan Arewa

    Why will MURIC waste their precious time to reply a mad man suffering from Anti-Islam and tribalism? They should have leave him with small kids to reply him via the same media he used.

    • Jon

      Of what use is it to call to bar a masquerade?

      • Dan Arewa

        To hell with the f**king bar as long as it will be Sin to Allah.

        • Oladeru

          Everyone have sin even you and let God be the judge not you replacing God or thinking you have never violated or molested any girl in and around you before you condemn any….

          • Dan Arewa

            I do Sin and always ask for forgiveness from my creature but to think that I ever molested any girl is stupidity taken too far. We In Arewa more especially Far North see it an act of abomination to engage in illegal 3exual activities. I have not and will never do that, Insha Allah.

      • Fada4Life

        The essence is to curb your madness

    • Mobolaji Clinton

      You don’t call people mad, can you create a finger nail talkless of breath
      Fanikayode has not spoken blasphemy. We should not take every issue sentimentally. Do have a blessed day.

      • Fada4Life

        FFK is mad and I can prove it, Google to see if he completed his white powder rehabilitation in Ghana

  • JasV

    This coming from a professor is a disgrace to say the least. You should actually cover your face in shame with hijab. There is no doubt that with this low level of intellectual reasoning, your professorship must have come from “ile kewu”.

    • seegee

      You’ve only succeeded in doing the same thing you’re accusing the professor. Who’s the one with low level of intellectual reasoning now. And you’re one to talk, that in 2017 our institution are failing to recognise and accept people’s religious rights is indeed shameful. Go and look at foreign counterparts allowing all and sundry to represent themselves.

      • Oladeru

        You are good in twisting thing man bravos

  • sola

    MURIC has failed to give a comprehensive press statement on the issue on ground. All I see here is just direct attack on the person of FFK as if he was the janitor who denied the lady entry in to Call to bar “hall…

  • Isyaku Muhammad

    MURIC, you are right.
    Tell him the true Kayode is clueless and nonsense.
    Stupidity!

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      But don’t forget that MURIC has failed to fight for the secular nature of Nigeria with political Sharia and the calls to leave OIC. Sure, Kayode is out of line, but MURIC is a hypocritical organization that will use secularity when it suits them.

      • Oladeru

        That’s is what the Muslim learn to do . they can marry Christian woman when it suit them or use the name of Allah to kill anyone when they feels its suit them for justification

    • August January

      I know at least 2 Catholic priests who are practising lawyers. Would it be right for them to put their gowns on their Roman or clerical collars when they’re being called to bar or in court instead of wearing their gowns and bibs on a shirt/suite? Are there no Muslim women in the Nigeria military and police, for example? How many of them wear hijab with their uniforms? Tell me, Mr Islamic fanatic!!! And regarding your professor, he’s really a disgrace for not being able to reason well. Of course, Femi Falana is right in saying there are now different types of professors in Nigeria today!!!

    • Oladeru

      Why are you so difficult and believed you can defend Allah , all this are human bigotry set , nurture and condition way beyond and being disillusioned about Allah Mystery as if you really know him in person …! No One is holy and righteous than God or knows God ways …. The truths is not in any human being. Fkk is trying to reasons here …..

  • Isyaku Muhammad

    How many pastors are attending ceremonial occasions with their religious grabs?
    Who had asked them to remove?
    Saying Nigeria is a circular state?
    Stupidity

    • Ayinde

      Is the Lady attending ? Or being conferred with some award that requires being qualified in Character and Learning, areas that is now being put to question.

  • Anonymous

    FFK is an ass hole and relogious bigot, i am xtian and i stand for freedom of worship and tolerance even though the moslem north and their elites do not seem to provide same for xtians, especially those livong in the north, Of a woan chooses tp cover up herself without compulsion them whose business is it? But if she wore a sexy body revealing clothes or is half naked then it is cool? I am not happy the wya siamic religious clergy drive welds of division between moslems & xtians but that does not make me a bigot, i have many moslem friends, we do not see ourselves as religous freaks or fanatics first, first we see ourselves as human beings and we respect each others religion and tolerate each others religious misgivings.

    • Ayinde

      If FFK is an Ass Hole, what then is this fake professor. A prof. that profess nothing but hatred and ignorance.
      Similarly that is why typical of people like you, you hide behind the veil to promote hatred and lies. Why anonymous ? Define worship, define

    • Starks

      Please what religion is that..? Xtian..?is professor X your leader?

  • tsunami1earthquake

    MURIC, you completely derailed here and the reasoning in your argument is all bunkum, to use your own words! And this statement, coming from someone who calls himself a professor, makes the statement more worrisome and troubling.

    MURIC, you must begin to draw a line between religion and the professions. This professor cannot say he doesn’t know that every profession has its own rules and regulations. And for anyone to belong to such profession, such a person MUST RESPECT the rules and regulations of the institution, otherwise such a person would be thrown out! Nobody can claim indispensability in any profession.

    MURIC must begin to understand that it cannot begin to blackmail, intimidate or attempt to hold others to ransom on account of religion. MURIC must understand that whatever religion one claims to profess must be done in such a way as NOT to harass or threaten others. If you are Muslims, so be it! But don’t think that being Muslim gives one the right or chance to bulldoze one’s way in public matters.

    The Nigerian legal profession has set for itself the code of conduct as it relates to dressing. And it is the sole duty of the officials appointed to enforce that code of conduct to enforce it to the letter. Generally, no Muslim is barred or prevented from being members of that profession, as we all know. But when a Muslim turns around to attempt to change the rules and regulations of that profession because he is Muslim; or to change such rules to become a Muslim-oriented profession, then the custodians of that institution will surely stop such a person. There is no sacred cow here; and the Muslim MUST NOT MAKE himself a sacred cow that would do whatever he likes notwithstanding the extant rules and regulations of such an institution.

    Generally, a Muslim is taught to respect authorities at all times. But when any Muslim goes out of his way to think that the Muslim is above laws, then such a Muslim MUST BE CUT down to size and told to obey, otherwise he would be thrown out. It is up to the lady in question to respect the rules and regulations of the learned profession. But, if she thinks that being Muslim has placed her above the rules of her chosen profession, then there are other professions she could try her hands on, but DEFINITELY NOT the legal profession.

    Some people revealed that Justice Aloma was wearing hijab at the bench. That was utterly wrong of her to have done that! In fact she had set a very bad example for the younger Muslims, as we now see. I wonder why her colleagues did not discipline her when they found that out. Nigeria is a complex of complexities. There is no need being more Islamic than Islam or Mohammed.

  • Echelon

    Yes, I said it and it’s coming to pass. The Islamic extremists in Nigeria had set the agenda of islamizing Nigeria and will be rolling them out one after another, day after day, year after year until they achieve this agenda by putting Islamic seals/logos on all Nigerian documents as the only Nigerian symbol otherwise how come it’s now that Buhari is the president that this confusion is emerging.

    • August January

      When you mix “politics” with your argument, you may spoil it! Long before Buhari presidency, Nigerian Islamic fanatics had always caused unnecessary troubles in the country by trying to “religionise” everything, however mundane.

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    On one hand, I am sympathetic to what MURIC is fighting here. One’s religious practice and obligation should not be interfered with as long as it is not hurting anybody. I opposed the Lagos state government in trying to ban hajibs in schools. As MURIC says, Nigeria is a secular state. However, MURIC uses the line that Nigeria is a secular state when it suits them. They do not believe that Nigeria is secular but when that backfires, they will use that line. They started giving strange arguments when people were calling for Nigeria to withdraw from OIC that we have Sundays off and have Christmas as public holiday and we should get rid of those prior to leaving OIC. The fact is that OIC membership came from a unilateral decree. I have never heard MURIC condemn political Sharia, something that Emir Sanusi to my surprise did a few weeks ago. Doesn’t that affect secularity? So, MURIC is right in this case, but they are also hypocrites and really cannot claim to be fighting for secularity of Nigeria when they have failed to do so with OIC and Sharia in the Northern states.

    • August January

      On the contrary, they’re not right in this case. The lady doesn’t worth the honour of a lawyer!!! I know at least 2 Catholic priests who are practising lawyers. Would it be right for them to put their gowns on their Roman or clerical collars when they’re being called to bar or in court instead of wearing their gowns and bibs on a shirt/suite? Are there no Muslim women in the Nigeria military and police, for example? How many of them wear hijab with their uniforms? It’s really a pity we have to live in the same space with these Islamic fanatics who think they must “religionise” everything, however mundane. And regarding the professor, he’s really a disgrace for not being able to reason well. Of course, Femi Falana is right in saying there are now different types of professors in Nigeria today!!!

  • Reginald Dandeson

    I truly find it difficult to believe, nay accept, that this MURIC statement was written and issued by a Professor. How so low the quality of reasoning and argument are; how so lacking in intellectual capacity and how so extraneous, off-pointish and directionless the presentation is. I was terribly shocked to observe at the end of the statement that it was signed off by a Professor Ishaq Akintola. With these kinds of professors being churned out in Nigeria over the past two decades, I can now understand why there has been a sustained downward slide in the quality of education and quality of graduates in Nigeria.

    • August January

      God bless you. The lady doesn’t worth the honour of a lawyer!!! I know at least 2 Catholic priests who are practising lawyers. Would it be right for them to put their gowns on their Roman or clerical collars when they’re being called to bar or in court instead of wearing their gowns and bibs on a shirt/suite? Are there no Muslim women in the Nigeria military and police, for example? How many of them wear hijab with their uniforms? It’s really a pity we have to live in the same space with these Islamic fanatics who think they must “religionise” everything, however mundane. And regarding the professor, he’s really a disgrace for not being able to reason well. Of course, Femi Falana is right in saying there are now different types of professors in Nigeria today!!!

  • Mohammed Basheer

    The basis of FKK’s condemnation of the principled Firdaus Amasa’s hijab is that Nigeria is a secular state which cannot allow a religious act at a purely secular event such as the Call to Bar by the Nigerian Law School and Council of Legal Education. He is very WRONG. Nigeria is NOT a SECULAR state but, a MULTIRELIGIOUS state where Section 38 guarantees freedom of worship and practice to all its citizens. Nowhere in the Nigerian Constitution is it stated that Nigeria is a SECULAR state even though the Christian colonial masters from Britain created the Nigerian state on the basis of the Christian Canon Law with a judiciary along the Christian principles which is why Fani Kayode, a Christian, and his backers are against Firdaus Amasa’s action. In other words, it is a Christian crusade against her though her attackers are hiding behind a seemingly objective facade. She is right to practise her convinction, and time will tell, as she and other hijab wearers will sooner than later don the hijab at future Calls to the Nigerian bar.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      Read Part 2 Article 10. It is very clear that the state is secular. It does not say it by name, but it is very clearly implied.

      “The Government of the Federation or of a State shall not adopt any religion as State Religion”

      • Mohammed Basheer

        Part 2 Article 10 of the Nigerian Constitution does not say that Nigeria is a SECULAR state. So DON’T misquote or misinterpret the Nigerian Constitution for your selfish ends. In case you don’t know, the word SECULAR is of Christian origin traceable to the seat of The Papacy in Rome where the Office is dichotomized into Religious and Secular Matters. Islam is a complete way of life, where everything is governed by the teachings of The Qur’an and the examples of Prophet Muhammad in the Hadith. So in every material particular, the life of the Muslim is regulated by his religious teachings including dress code.
        True, there shall be no state religion even though the British colonial masters created and bequeathed to us a country that has adopted Christianity as a state religion in major aspects of its life. For instance, it is only in Christian countries that Saturday and Sunday are observed as regular weekly holidays not Thursday and Friday observed by the Islamic countries. So why is Nigeria forced to observe these two days as public holidays if not because Christianity is our state religion?
        In any case, donning the hijab by Christian nuns or Muslim ladies does not make it a state religion.

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          So you admit that there is no state religion allowed. Did you ask or challenge the state governments of Zamfara, Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Sokoto, Kebbi, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Gombe, Katsina, and Bauchi? They adopted state religion in 2000. I think you are being hypocritical and are protesting for selfish purposes rather than I. I was only pointing that out. I defended the rights of the woman to wear hijab as long as it did not supersede the uniform nor harm anyone and from the looks of it, it does not. However, you have never defended a Christian’s right to really live free from the domination of one religion in the twelve states I have mentioned. That is on record and you cannot deny this. That is hypocritical, pathetic, and your silence means you have innocent blood on your hands that you will answer for.

          • Mohammed Basheer

            It is laughable that you are accusing me of not defending the rights of Christians in the twelve states you mentioned when you don’t even know me! I have been in the forefront of defending the rights of Christians in any part of Nigeria not just the 12 states. In 2000 i was among the Northerners that kicked against the brand of Shariah imposed by the governments of those states by qualifying it as “political Shariah” because it was even conceived against the Muslim poor whose hands were cut for stealing a cow or whose unmarried pregnant ladies were condemned to death by stoning. Yet, the Muslim big shots that stole billions of Naira from government coffers like in the Zamfara State Ministry of Education or the lecherous Muslim moneybags that had put the Muslim ladies in the family way were let off the hook. Those were Muslims directly affected by the political Shariah not Christians. The Christians benefitted by some aspects of it because whereas they could drag their Muslim debtors for immediate repayment or risk punitive treatment, the same Shariah protected the Christians against being dragged to the Shariah courts against their will. In any case, if those states established state religion in their states, it might well be in response to the Christian State Religion practised by the Nigerian government since Christian colonial times. And you have hypocritically glossed over the issue by not asking for the abolition of Saturday and Sunday as public holidays.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            Japan is not a Christian nation yet they have their weekends on Saturday and Sunday. It is the same with China. So this is standard globally. You cannot call it a Christian system. In your response, you seem to be defending Muslims who were unjustly caught up in political Sharia. You say Christians benefited from Sharia which may have been true, but it was still a declaration of state religion. This had nothing to do with supposed Christian domination, it has everything to do with oil. No one implemented Christian law anywhere. Sharia is being used to win control of crude oil and the water. It is not just me. Sani Yerima, regardless of what you think of him, admitted that he would love to see Sharia spread all over Nigeria. The confusion in 2014 in Osun was the first shot into the South. You seem not to either know this or want to admit to it. It may be a bit of both.

          • Mohammed Basheer

            Your defective logic shows glaringly in your argument that because Japan and China, which are not Christian-oriented, observe Saturday and Sunday as weekends so the observance “is (the) standard globally” and cannot be called “a Christian system”. What you seem not to know or gloss over is the fact that both Saturday and Sunday are weekends in the Gregorian Calendar, which is Christian, NOT in the Hijra Calendar, which is Muslim. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII and adopted by Britain and its colonies in 1752. Nigeria was a British colony, and had the calendar foisted upon it willy-nilly.
            You may be right that I am defending my Islamic faith, which I have no apology to offer, as long as doing so does not interfere with the faith of the Christian or Jew or traditionalist. I defend my faith as much as I defend the right of the Christian to defend his faith. In the 2000s when the African Synod of the Anglican Communion rejected the consecration or ordainment of the American gay and lesbian bishops, and was condemned by the American Anglicans, I wrote copiously in support of the African Synod citing relevant portions of “The Bible”. At the same time, I wrote against the insistence of the Muslim Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Bauchi, that the Christian nurses must don the hijab as part of their uniforms as their Muslim counterparts.
            You are free to give the Sharia practised by Gov. Sani Ahmed Yerima the colouration you want since you are apparently incapable of arguing factually without ethno-religious sentiments. Talking about oil and water here is red-herring, and a subject matter for discussion another day on a relevant topic. The fact remains that the Christian British colonialists created Nigeria on the basis of the Christian Canon Law, and made Christianity Nigeria’s State Religion, which is what you are vehemently fighting to protect. But, you will fail because Nigeria belongs to both Christians and Muslims, and we must respect each other’s faith as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            I have also defended the rights of Muslims in Nigeria like when the Lagos state government tried to ban wearing of hijabs in state schools. The governor at the helm was a Muslim too. So I have no issue whatsoever with Muslims and of course I would expect that you would defend your faith and your rights. I don’t support Christian supremacy in a multi-religious society anymore than I support Islamic supremacy so you got me wrong there. As far as Sharia goes, Yerima may have also had political motivations but he was also signaling the direction certain Islamists want to take the country (note that not everyone in the Northern elite are Islamists or even Muslim to begin with). There is a Sharia agenda. I do not apologize for saying so. Crude oil is at stake and Sharia is being used for that purpose so I am not sure what you mean by red-herring. However, I am not fighting to preserve the current system either. Like you said, Nigeria belongs to all of us. We must have a system that assures protection for all Nigerians and there are many who are Jews, Druze, Hindus, Animists, Eckankars, Ba’hais, etc. They too should be protected under a properly reformed Nigeria.

          • Mohammed Basheer

            If there is a Shariah agenda, as you insist, then it must be to topple the Christian agenda already in place. So a properly reformed Nigeria must recognize the right of the Christian and Muslims with other faiths to live harmoniously on the basis of justice and equity.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            It is to gain control of the oil sir. The neo-Biafran and Oduduwa agendas are for the same cause (at least part of it). Vladimir Putin said it best:

            “Whoever controls the production, distribution, and price of oil controls power in today’s world.”

            If you knew this, you would not be questioning my argument. At the very core of this soft jihad on Nigeria is crude oil and the control of it.

          • Mohammed Basheer

            You began this debate by “questioning my argument” against Femi Fani-Kayode’s stance on Amasa Firdaus’s insistence on donning the hijab at the Nigerian Call To Bar ceremony by falsely claiming that Nigeria is a secular state. You then agreed with me that Muslim ladies as much as Christian nuns should be allowed to wear the hijab at official ceremonies in compliance with Nigeria’s Constitution. You then failed woefully to alter the fact that Nigeria was created by the British Colonialists on the basis of the Christian Canon Law since Nigeria operates the Christian Gregorian Calendar by observing Saturday and Sunday as weekends and other issues. Now you want to drag me to your tent by diverting attention to the politics of oil.
            You may be right, since I guess, you know better, that it is the Ndigbo and Yoruba agenda to fight for oil. You have not been explicit on how Sharia relates to oil. But, from the Vladimir Putin’s quote you cited, it is obvious which religion controls oil in Nigeria. Of course, the multinational oil companies that produce, distribute and determine the oil price are Christian-oriented. Shell is from Holland, Total is from France, Mobil has US connections. These are Christian countries whose companies drill oil in Africa and the Middle-East.
            So tell me what the Christians are up to.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            And you don’t think that the Sokoto Caliphate wants the oil too? Please don’t insult my intelligence. And Canon Law again as far as the days of the week go is used in Japan and China which are not Christian countries. Are they complaining about it? Does this restrict their rights to be Shinto or Confucian? Muslim or Buddhist? It is you who is diverting attention and using religion to argue away what is really happening in Nigeria which part of it is a jihad.

          • Mohammed Basheer

            My brother, your problem is the inability to use facts but ethno-religious sentiments to argue your case. Your obsession with China and Japan using the Gregorian Calendar to justify the internationalization of the calendar as distinct from being Christian falls flat because of your apparent lack of historical knowledge. Both China and Japan have suffered some form of Christian colonization from the Western or European countries from the nineteenth century just like Africa or Nigeria.
            It is on record that following the invasions of these Asian countries by Western powers, treaties were signed in 1841 and 1854 leading to the establishment of the British Supreme Court for China and Japan and the United States Court for China in Shangai. Thus, the two countries in question had significant Christian cultural influences including the Gregorian Calendar foisted upon them. So they are not immune to Christian influences despite their preferred choices of whatever faith they profess. Are you not aware that the Asian countries have much of Western influences in their cultural outlooks? Their legal systems are somewhat tainted by Western hence Christian influences. In any case, the two countries have significant numbers of indigenous Muslim population that observe the Hijra Calendar just like in Nigeria. To you, Western lifestyle and administration based on the Christian Canon Law are international, and must be accepted in Nigeria without question. Any attempt to question it by the Muslims is Jihad to you. Islamic countries observe the Gregorian Calendar alongside the Hijrah Calendar but, recognize only Thursday and Friday as weekends not Saturday and Sunday. Why can’t you advocate for such observance in Nigeria? Your insistence on defending the Christian Canon Law amounts to the Christian Crusade of the “Dark Ages” or virtual Medieval Europe.
            Your superficial and incoherent statement about the Sultanate angling for oil is laughable, and should be dismissed with a wave of the hand. Oil is one of the mineral resources this country is blessed with. And recent events in the Nigerian oil mining industry show that all parts of Nigeria have oil including Lagos and Borno in addition to the traditional oil-bearing states like Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Imo etc. Oil prospecting is going on in Bauchi and Bida Basins. We should pray for patriotic leaders from the South and North including the Christian, Muslim and other faiths leaders that will meaningfully harness the mineral resources of the country, and equitably distribute the resources for the common benefit of all Nigerians.

          • Mohammed Basheer

            My brother, your problem is the inability to use facts but ethno-religious sentiments to argue your case. Your obsession with China and Japan using the Gregorian Calendar to justify the internationalization of the calendar as distinct from being Christian falls flat because of your apparent lack of historical knowledge. Both China and Japan have suffered some form of Christian colonization from the Western or European countries from the nineteenth century just like Africa or Nigeria.
            It is on record that following the invasions of these Asian countries by Western powers, treaties were signed in 1841 and 1854 leading to the establishment of the British Supreme Court for China and Japan and the United States Court for China in Shangai. Thus, the two countries in question had significant Christian cultural influences including the Gregorian Calendar foisted upon them. So they are not immune to Christian influences despite their preferred choices of whatever faith they profess. Are you not aware that the Asian countries have much of Western influences in their cultural outlooks? Their legal systems are somewhat tainted by Western hence Christian influences. In any case, the two countries have significant numbers of indigenous Muslim population that observe the Hijra Calendar just like in Nigeria. To you, Western lifestyle and administration based on the Christian Canon Law are international, and must be accepted in Nigeria without question. Any attempt to question it by the Muslims is Jihad to you. Islamic countries observe the Gregorian Calendar alongside the Hijrah Calendar but, recognize only Thursday and Friday as weekends not Saturday and Sunday. Why can’t you advocate for such observance in Nigeria? Your insistence on defending the Christian Canon Law amounts to the Christian Crusade of the “Dark Ages” or virtual Medieval Europe.
            Your superficial and incoherent statement about the Sultanate angling for oil is laughable, and should be dismissed with a wave of the hand. Oil is one of the mineral resources this country is blessed with. And recent events in the Nigerian oil mining industry show that all parts of Nigeria have oil including Lagos and Borno in addition to the traditional oil-bearing states like Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Imo etc. Oil prospecting is going on in Bauchi and Bida Basins. We should pray for patriotic leaders from the South and North including the Christian, Muslim and other faiths leaders that will meaningfully harness the mineral resources of the country, and equitably distribute the resources for the common benefit of all Nigerians.

          • Bigzy

            Lame!

    • Oladeru

      Who’s stopping who from practicing its religion, is it not the Muslim who kill Christian base on there beliefs ? Where is MURIC when Christians are being attack all over Nigeria , killed , butchered like a ram, maimed, bomb, attacked in the place of worship and discriminates against ….? No Christian hate any Muslims most especially at southwest unlike the northerner does and stop behaving like being religious makes you pure or better than anyone who practice other religion….. Stop the hypocrisy and war mongering you learn from the Quran , even most of the African Muslims don’t really study the Quran nor were able to read Arabic and Stop twisting the whole of thing to be religious coz, Nigeria as a secular country does meant that fkk in assertion condemning of any practices of religious rite …..

  • TOBBY777

    I am not a fan of Fani kayode but on this I am completely with him, this clown of a girl knew the legal profession have a dress code, so her attempt to set another problems in Nigeria wont work and if eventually it work the fire will consume her family and this terrorist group should be ashamed of themselves. Have they condemn the killings of fulani herdsmen? WITHOUT LOVE, LIFE IS A MISTAKE.

  • David Abraham

    Your name calling is intimidatory, another evidence of the plan to Islamise Nigeria. It will not work. The law school is not sharia school, and she is not being called to Islamic bar. You are the one fanning the flames of religious war. No lawyer should cover her face to the courts.

  • Dominion

    Lemme shock some muslims fellow and people criticising the Nigeria Bar of their actions: Do you that i have a Senior Rev. Sister of the Catholic family who was called to Bar that same day and she didnt wear her veil talkless of an ordinary muslim talking thrash about one hijab or the other. I have muslims in my office and you cant just wear hijab to the office, you can wear it in your homes or mosque. Wats all this rubbish about hijab?