Reps to investigate ‘call-to-bar hijab’ controversy

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

The House of Representatives on Tuesday mandated a joint committee to investigate the controversy surrounding why a graduate of law was barred from the call-to-bar ceremony for insisting on wearing the hijab.

Firdaus Amasa, a graduate from the University of Ilorin, was last Wednesday denied entry into the International Conference Centre, Abuja, venue of the event due to her refusal to remove her hijab.

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

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

In a motion of urgent public importance raised by Danburan Nuhu (Kano – APC), he alleged that the rights of Ms. Amasa had been violated.

The investigation was referred to committees on justice and federal judiciary. The committee on justice is chaired by Razak Atunwa (Kwara – APC) while judiciary is chaired by Aminu Shagari (Sokoto – APC)

The committee is expected to submit its report in two weeks and come up with appropriate recommendations to guide the House to reach a decision on the matter.


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  • TC

    Over sabi…. not una job function.

  • idavies

    Good move.

    • Bassey Frank

      Good move into stupidity!

  • Bassey Frank

    There is nothing to investigate. It is the usual confusion created by Muslims everywhere. The world is making progress in science and technology, in Nigeria this group of excess outward religiosity but deeply immoral inwards, keep dragging us behind. The Nigerian Council for Legal Education must not tolerate this nonsense. If allowed, other groups should also insist on their own “hijab”. We all saw what happened in Osun State and where it led the state today. Arrant Nonsense!

  • International games

    Each state should have its own Bar as occurs in every civilized Democracy. Let those that need Hijab have it.
    If not leave Nigeria as you met it.

  • Jon

    Sick and tired of Muslims causing problems all over the world with their religion. Confine your religion to yourself and to your mosque.

    • Voice of the oppressed

      Sorry brother, muslims are not the causing problems, but those who want to strip them off their belief are the one causing problems.

  • AFOLABI DAVID

    THEN TELL MUSLIM ARMY AND POLICE WOMEN TO ALSO WEAR HIJAB AND MEN SHOULD WEAR TURBAN WITH THEIR UNIFORM. NIGERIA IS A SECULAR STATE AND NOT AN ISLAMIC COUNTRY FOR GOD SAKE.

    • Voice of the oppressed

      Nigeria is secular? why then do you have public holiday for xmas and others.

  • Say the truth

    Jobless idiots. Is she the first Muslim lady graduate to read law in Nigeria?