Hijab Controversy: NSCIA speaks again, vows to fight for justice; urges restraint by Muslims

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar III [Photo Credit: Daily Trust]

The umbrella body of Nigerian muslims, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has again spoken about the current hijab controversy rocking the Nigerian Law School.

The group had on Tuesday sent a statement to PREMIUM TIMES signed by its Deputy Secretary General, Salisu Shehu, a professor, accusing the Nigerian Law School of lawlessness and Islamophobia.

NSCIA was responding to the refusal of the authorities of the Nigerian Law School to call to bar Firdausa Amasa for wearing a hijab during the call to bar ceremony.

The group had threatened nationwide protest and a fierce legal action should the law school fail to rescind its decision not to call Ms. Amasa to the bar.

In the second statement on Thursday, also signed by Mr. Shehu, the NSCIA said while it appreciated the support of Nigerians on the matter, it however advised “ strongly that nobody should take the laws into his/her hands”.

The group asked Nigerians to “show restraint no matter the level of our worry and however much we may be provoked. This is what Islam teaches us and we must abide by the teachings.

“ Many are ignorant of the level of provocation this intolerant act of the Council for Legal Education has ignited.

We wish to assure our Muslim brothers and sisters that we will not relent on this matter and we will doggedly follow all legitimate ways to resist this apparent injustice.

“Our focus is to secure our constitutional rights in the Nigerian System. We are having issues only with the governmental authorities, organizations, institutions and instruments that deny us those rights or persecute and oppress us for demanding our rights,” the NSCIA said.

The organisation also said it had to speak for the second time and call for caution “ because of critical matters that have been arising out of it (the controversy)”

The NSCIA appreciated the overwhelming support the Muslim community not only in Nigeria but all over the world has given to Ms Amasa.

“ Similarly appreciated are thousands of non-Muslims who supported her position and with unbiased and objective minds stood for justice and fairness” .

The statement said the concerns and worries of Muslims all over the world on the issue of Miss Amasa, who, for wearing a hijab under her wig 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, on the 13th December, 2017 were certainly justified.

“ It is undoubtedly painful that, after encouraging our female children to strive to acquire Education, they are unnecessarily and unjustifiably being persecuted and constantly put against the unwholesome, uncharitable and unworthy options of having to either choose between disregarding/disrespecting their essential religious tenets and values or the opportunity of the qualifications/certificates they struggle and strive hard to obtain.

“ The NSCIA is not unaware of the persecutions and molestations the Muslim mothers, sisters and daughters go through in various institutions of learning, on NYSC orientation camps and other specialized and professional training schools simply because they choose to observe their Hijabs. This has to stop we cover our heads not our brains,” the group said.

NSCIA assured all Muslim faithful that it would not relent on the matter and “ will doggedly follow all legitimate ways to resist this apparent injustice,” adding “our focus is to secure our constitutional rights in the Nigerian System.”

READ FULL STATEMENT BELOW;

RE: STOP PRESS! HIJAB IS CONSTITUTIONAL

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) under the leadership of its President-General, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR,mni., is once again obliged to make a second Press Statement on the issue of our dear Sister Firdausa Amasa. This has become necessary because of critical matters that have been arising out of it. First of all the NSCIA appreciates the overwhelming support which the Muslim Ummah not only in Nigeria but all over the World have given to the correct position of the young lady. Similarly appreciated are thousands of non-Muslims who supported her position and with unbiased and objective minds stood for justice and fairness.

The concerns and worries of Muslims all over the world on the issue of Miss Firdausa Al-jannah Amasa, who, for wearing a hijab under her wig 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, on the 13th December, 2017 were certainly justified.

It is undoubtedly painful that, after encouraging our female children to strive to acquire Education, they are unnecessarily and unjustifiably being persecuted and constantly put against the unwholesome, uncharitable and unworthy options of having to either choose between disregarding/disrespecting their essential religious tenets and values or the opportunity of the qualifications/certificates they struggle and strive hard to obtain.

The NSCIA is not unaware of the persecutions and molestations the Muslim mothers, sisters and daughters go through in various institutions of learning, on NYSC orientation camps and other specialized and professional training schools simply because they choose to observe their Hijabs. This has to stop we cover our heads not our brains.

While appreciating the support of our people on this particular issue, the Council wishes to advise strongly that nobody should take the laws into his/ her hands. We must show restraint no matter the level of our worry and however much we may be provoked. This is what Islam teaches us and we must abide by the teachings. Many are ignorant of the level of provocation this intolerant act of the Council for Legal Education has ignited.

We wish to assure our Muslim brothers and sisters that we will not relent on this matter and we will doggedly follow all legitimate ways to resist this apparent injustice. Our focus is to secure our constitutional rights in the Nigerian System. We are having issues only with the governmental authorities, organizations, institutions and instruments that deny us those rights or persecute and oppress us for demanding our rights.

We wish to seize this opportunity to inform all that the correct name of the concerned sister is Miss Firdausa Al-jannah Amasa

And our final prayer is that all praise is due to Allah, the Almighty, Lord of the Worlds.

Signed

Prof. Salisu Shehu
Deputy Secretary-General


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  • ibsoken

    Mini skirt and short jean are also constitutional.

  • emmanuel

    Miyetti allah murderer at it again. Satan of Sokoto the man who revels at orgy of violence

  • Vic Obidi

    If you join an association, then abide by their rules. What next, will another one ask to wear a masquerades gown to the calling to the bar?

    • Oladele

      Osun state is loading! Next time they are calling people to the bar, C&S will wear their gowns and hold their bell in one hand, Catholics will go with rosaries and masquerades of all sorts must wear their gears.

  • TDaniels2

    What justice? What is NSCIA talking about? Fellow Nigerians have been killed, their houses, places of worship destroyed and burnt in the north and the body has not done anything to stop the wanton destruction of lives and properties by their wards and followers. It’s high time right minded Nigerians tell this body and its bigot leaders to either shut up, or began to support the building of fairer and United Nigeria that is free of religious bigotry. Nigeria is a secular state and not an Islamic state. Therefore, all national institutions and appearances of such must be free of religious relics.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The way and manner one dresses should not stand as an obstacle to fundamental rights AND IT IS WRONG TO ASSUME THAT THE WEARING OF HIJAB SOMEHOW ENCOURAGES TERRORISM . THE FREEDOM OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP IS ENSHRINED IN THE CONSTITUTION AND MUST BE RESPECTED IN ALL FACETS OF SOCIETY.

    • Ubong

      Freedom of religion does that mean freedom of ethics, practice, conduct and lay down roles in any establishment? How do the relate? Let’s be wise

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Such “ethics ,practice and conduct” are not and should not be rigidly engraved in stone. A civilized society adjusts to changing times. If she wants to wear her wig on top of a Hijab then so be it, this should not be an issue to stop her from graduating as a lawyer. Mind you many ex British colonies have dropped wearing the gown and wig entirely.

        • Otile

          What if she hides a small bomb in the hijab to do the work of Allah? Must others loose lives and limbs because a Muslim wants to please Allahu?

    • Otile

      For all practical purposes Islamic dressing strikes fear to people all over the world after the barbaric events of 9/11. Who does not know that many innocent looking women and young girls are fond of hiding devastating explosives under hijab to fight for Allah? This practice does not only happen in the North or Somalia it happens all over the world weekly. We cannot all become willing victims in order to please the Sultan and other mad Muslims. Divide this country let the Mohammedans and their sympathizers practice their sharia without harming us.

    • Mike

      All these people are religious fanatics, if you can find out very well she was sponsor by some group of people to bring problem to national security. Why did you violet already lay rules and regulation and moreover , you are nt only Muslim DAT call to bar DAT day .she need to be prosecute for disobey the rules

  • Emeka

    “The rules stipulates that all male staffers in Nigerians banks must put on ties from Monday through Thursday, but one resenting voice wishes to change the statusquo, simply because he or she wishes not to compromise his or her fundamental human right, he then goes against the lay down rules and procedures of the bank, and then turn around and demand justice from the courts, even when he or she knows the terms and conditions prior to seeking employment from that establishment.” Is that logical?

  • Ubong

    I marveled and begin to wander what manner of human are we, what justice are we talking about? Where are you going to get the justice? What is suit title? Please let’s do better things with are time and resources for a better Nigeria. It is very simple this is dress code for call to bar, when we talk of freedom of religion, does that mean freedom of ethics, practice, conduct and lay down roles in any establishment? How do the relate? Lets be wise, it only allow freedom to choose a religion to worship and practice your beliefs. Plz let’s be guided

  • Ubong

    I marveled and begin to wonder what manner of human are we, what justice are we talking about? Where are you going to get the justice? What is suit title? Please let’s do better things with are time and resources for a better Nigeria. It is very simple this is dress code for call to bar, when we talk of freedom of religion, does that mean freedom of ethics, practice, conduct and lay down roles in any establishment? How do the relate? Lets be wise, it only allow freedom to choose a religion to worship and practice your beliefs. Plz let’s be guided

    • Say the truth

      Thank you. As far Muslims in Nigeria are concerned Nigeria is NOT a secular state. The body language and the behavior of the government support that. NSCIA is conglomerate of highly emotional and irrational being that can’t think through a situation before reacting. It is logical deficiencies that very pronounced anytime they react to religious issues. Ideally, before opening a topic of conversation we ask ourselves four questions, the so-called Four Gates of Speech: 1) is it true, this thing I want to say? 2) is it necessary or helpful to speak it? 3) have I found a loving way to say it? 4) is it the right time? Unfortunately our professors too daft to reason.

  • Peace Corps.

    @disqus_1P4NU5rbm0:disqus

    Islam is greatest threat to world peace

    Mad Muslims are exempt from humanity since Islam is the greatest threat
    to world peace – a bane and a burden on humanity mistaken as a religion;
    a thoroughgoing outlawry in rituals of bloodletting without thinking-process
    or concern for others. Islam is genocide by another name. “It is not a religion,”
    said the government of Angola which has banned Islam nationwide, “it is a cult
    of hate-breeders
    ”. Islam is the opposite of reasoning, a beastly activity at
    baseless superciliousness. It spreads smells and filth wherever it goes and
    leaces the lands slick in blood. Nobody can reason properly within the matrix
    of Islam, because Islam is a roadblock to the advancement of logic.

  • Say the truth

    If this lady was stopped that must have been the norm from time. Why is it different in this particular case I must ask? Why do we need to issue threats over every simple issue?. Every organization has norms and when you associate yourself you also subscribe to the terms. I am sure many very devoted Muslims have passed through this process without raising unnecessary dust. It did not take anything away from their being devoted except for this sponsored mad cow ( Shekau’s wife) and a trouble maker. These educated illiterates called NSCIA are also taking things too far. We as a nation are used to Islamic threats and it’s no longer funny. The second name of the world’s problem today is Islam. While all Muslims are no terrorists all terrorists are Muslims that is fact. If it’s not a protest about cartoon, it will be about beard, if it’s not about hijab it will be veil. If it’s not about holy name it will be about holy sites. Triviality is the common denominator in all of these agitation. Men assume the position of God and turn themselves to his body guard protecting him and defending everything he owns. god of Islam is so weak and feeble that he will always need the worshippers to defend him. The world is already tired of Islam and the violence it symbolizes.

  • 678

    Islam is Devil’s religion. Nothing GOOD can come out of it because devil has nothing good or good plan for humanity. Devil is father of LIES. No Islamic followers don’t lie. They taught them how to lie right from when they are young.

    If Allah is powerful, he doesn’t need anyone to fight for him. He should be able to fight for himself.

  • Bassey Frank

    Useless creatures. Council of Devil-incarnate.