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The Hijab Controversy is Needless & Will be Addressed – NBA President A .B Mahmoud

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President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud has reacted to the trending story of a lawyer who passed all the necessary examinations and fulfilled all requirements, but was not called to bar earlier this week because she wore her Hijab under her wig at the ceremony. Read about it here.

The story has generated mixed reactions both on social media and offline. Mahmoud, sharing a photo of British-Nigerian lawyer Olufunke Abimbola who received an MBE for promoting diversity in the legal profession, said that “the Hijab issue will be addressed.”

Mahmoud also shared a photo of his daughter  Zubaida Mahmoud wearing her Hijab during her admission ceremony to the New York Bar earlier this year. “The controversy here on Hijab is needless,” he said.

24 Comments

  1. Biker Chic

    December 16, 2017 at 1:44 am

    When Muslims are in positions of authourity/power, they get what they want. They change the rule of the game to suit their situation. Christians be fighting each other and sleeping on duty. Watch this Call to bar rule change. About time we do away with the sponge. Colonialism is long over.

  2. John Matilda

    December 16, 2017 at 7:37 am

    You have to understand something, in American there are no dress codes for being called to bar, but you will be allowed to wear a scarf to protect your modesty and that is far as they can allow religion to interfere with your duty as a lawyer. In other countries where dress codes are strictly adhered to, your religion will never be allowed to interfere,it’s either you conform to the rules or you walk away, so Mr Muhammad this your daughter being called to bar wearing a hijab in New York, is not a valid to buttress your argument.

    • abdulsalam

      December 16, 2017 at 9:49 am

      of course that is in New York, an environment which is as religious sensitive as Nigeria, you just have to think outside the box to get his point. In a place like Nigeria, religion and ethnicity have always ruled not law. Do you have any idea of the number of people that voted for GMB just because he is a muslim or the number of people that want GEJ to continue as president just because he is christian….

    • Random

      December 16, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Oh my God…..backward thinkers….once upon a time, it was a rule that blacks and whites drank from a different fountain, sit at the back of the bus and even the church……Your argument is weak and bigoted. Nigeria is an integrated society and should be all inclusive.

      If a rule is stupid and unproductive, it should be modified. What matters is professional decorum. How is hijab or modest dressing harming you or anyone….apart from obvious your inner bias what other sensible reason do you have?….

      People are hungry and unemployed and this is the petty issue we are discussing. What a shame….

  3. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    December 16, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Tell the truth. Lawyers in the United States do not wear wigs. Lawyers in Nigeria and Britain do. Those are two parallels. What has the picture of your daughter and the picture of the UK based Nigerian lawyer being honored for promoting diversity in law profession.. Please, do not overstretched the truth here again. If that’s your take on this issue. Please advice the hijab wearing lawyer to relocate to the United States or other Countries to practice her law where she will not have to wear a wig in the Court room. But if she insists on practicing law in Nigeria. She must put on a wig period. That’s the dress code for lawyers in Nigeria. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

    • Ade

      December 16, 2017 at 8:15 am

      What’s wrong with adjusting the status quo if it doesn’t work for everyone? I think it’s rather silly if hijab is the one thing that stops practising Muslim women from becoming lawyers in Nigeria. We should learn to be tolerant of other people’s belief and rights. This beloved dress code can be adjusted!
      We are a regressive country it appears.

    • abdulsalam

      December 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

      we might as well stop putting on the if it infringes on some people”s religious doctrines… a rule or law has to be fair to all sir, don”t you think….

    • stacy_kema

      December 18, 2017 at 9:59 am

      God bless you Ganny

  4. Smh

    December 16, 2017 at 8:20 am

    President of the Nigerian Bar Association whose daughter was called to bar in New York. What an irony.

    • bruno

      December 16, 2017 at 9:39 am

      this should be the bigger more important story.

    • Las

      December 16, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Thank you! That was the first thing that went through my mind. I don’t think the president of the Bar Association in New York would take great delight in showing pictures of his child being called to bar in Lagos or Abuja. Irony for days!

    • Random

      December 16, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Smh many Nigerian trained and overseas lawyers get called to the Ny bar. It’s not a big deal…It’s just about taking an exam….like many chartered accountants in Nigeria ICAN have the foreign charters too….People have a right to broaden their horizons and knowledge base. People go for masters in foreign countries, knowledge is not country restrictive, Neither is anyone’s right to seek knowledge or even employment…stop it please, enough of these embarassing comments….don’t lose focus…

      The 2 important questions: Is anyone being harmed by the action? If the answer is no please don’t waste your time on unproductive issues.

    • F

      December 16, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      The Irony. He shouldn’t even be talking

  5. Rukky

    December 16, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Im a 200 level law student in Ghana, I remember my criminal law lecturer ones mentioned that, we blacks are sooo mean towards each other and it is true. SOME PEOPLE sit somewhere and they think they can determine other peoples future by incorporating silly decisions. I remember some time back in gh growing up, there were issues of brilliant students who could not make it to medical school cos during the interview session they got asked if they have doctors in their families and having a doctor in your family was a determinant if u could get admitted or not. All these issues about hijab are needless as Mr. Mahomoud rightly mentioned. Its an issue of misplaced priorities.
    Please even the whites we always copy are accepting it and there are high court judges who wear hijabs. Please Africans lets stop being mean towards each other and concentrate on what will help move this continent forward.

    I noticed something about the french speaking aftican countries, they live in harmony with each other muslims and christians. In Abidjan, there are christians who even take food to the mosques around their vicinities during ramadan, chirstians enter the mosque when their freinds are getting married. Can’t the english speaking african countries learn from them?
    #LETS CONCENTRATE ON WHATS IMPORTANT FOR THE AFRICAN CONTINENT!#

    • Dust

      December 16, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Africa is also made up of traditionalists, atheists e.t.c..
      It is not about been christian or muslim… its about adhering to the rules… there have been millions of muslims adhering to the rules why should this person’s case be different from all the muslims before her..

      If you’re so worried about the African continent then christianity and islam needs to be banned.. Only traditionalism, sun worshiping and atheism should be allowed.

      I am more concerned about the fact that the daughter of the president of NBA is practicing law in a foreign country.. How is that pro-African?

    • Cocoa

      December 16, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Just on your point about Christians taking food to the mosque on ramadan etc…..it’s a personal choice. To not partake in each festivities and practices doesnt mean we dont LOVE them or don’t ACCEPT them as brothers and sisters.

      I would NEVER go to a mosque WILLINGLY..just as i would NEVER go to A SHRINE willingly….nor will I ever carry sacrifical food there.

      It is a PERSONAL decision BUT doesnt take away from my ability to cohabit PEACEFULLY and LOVINGLY with them.

  6. Ruqkayah

    December 16, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Im a 200 level law student in Ghana, I remember my criminal law lecturer ones mentioned that, we blacks are sooo mean towards each other and it is true. SOME PEOPLE sit somewhere and they think they can determine other peoples future by incorporating silly decisions. I remember some time back in gh growing up, there were issues of brilliant students who could not make it to medical school cos during the interview session they got asked if they have doctors in their families and having a doctor in your family was a determinant if u could get admitted or not. All these issues about hijab are needless as Mr. Mahmoud rightly mentioned. Its an issue of misplaced priorities.
    Please even the whites we always copy are accepting it and there are high court judges who wear hijabs. Please Africans lets stop being mean towards each other and concentrate on what will help move this continent forward.

    I noticed something about the french speaking aftican countries, they live in harmony with each other muslims and christians. In Abidjan, there are christians who even take food to the mosques around their vicinities during ramadan, chirstians enter the mosque when their freinds are getting married. Can’t the english speaking african countries learn from them?
    #LETS CONCENTRATE ON WHATS IMPORTANT FOR THE AFRICAN CONTINENT!#

  7. Kmer sista

    December 16, 2017 at 9:18 am

    And the fact that nigerians lawyers habe to wear this wig is just ridiculous. Then we cry wolves when we are not respected as african…the britain people have their reasons of wearing those hideous white caps..what’s yours except blind perpetration pf colonialism?

  8. bruno

    December 16, 2017 at 10:17 am

    can u imagine. you are the president of Nigeria bar association and u have the confidence to share a photo of ur daughter being called to bar in new york. where is the outrage? where is tge backlash?
    he should be removed because of this.

    nigerians u guys need to open your eyes. this people are cheating u guys and are boldly rubbing it in ur faces.

    • Prince

      December 16, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Can you imagine that @Bruno. This is enough for him to be sacked. How can he have the confidence to even talk about his daughter being call to bar in New York. This country is in God’s hands

  9. Comment

    December 16, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Bruno please stop trying to sway this conversation away from the primary topic….

    As earlier said,Foreign certification and knowledge base is actually a plus. Many people who serve in Nigeria at different capacities have foreign degrees and certifications. Knowledge doesn’t not have citizenship……

    As a matter of fact, One of the most renowned judges the late Justice Elias was a Chief Justice in Nigeria was also the judge of the world court at The Hague …he received his law training in University College London. He contributed a great deal to the profession and gave us prestige in the foreign community.

    Like Ruky said, need to stop this backward thinking and vindictive witch hunts and focus on what REALLY matters!

  10. Legal diva

    December 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Is she the first Muslim to pass the Nigerian bar exams? Is she calling other Muslim ladies who obeyed the rules foolish? She knew the rules before taking the profession so asking that a rule be changed for the sake of one selfish person is nonsensical! If other Muslim ladies have obeyed the same rules without complaining then she should do the same or forget about a legal career in Nigeria. She can go to countries where it is accepted

  11. Comment

    December 16, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Well, legal diva other blacks agreed to sit at the back of the bus and drink from separate water fountains in the USA.
    It took one person at a time like Rosa Parks to change things…weak argument for a legal diva…lol

    The society is diverse and should be ALL inclusive within HARMLESS confines…..Many people just want to waste time arguing over a simple matter.

  12. merudas

    December 18, 2017 at 10:43 am

    @ Legal Diva, God bless u! I am surprise to see d pix posted by the president of the NBA. His daughter is wearing hijab fine! does she has wig on top of the hijab? Pls wisen-up Mr NBA Presido. U are just being partial on this issue of hijab. The law has been there, nobody forced her to study law in Nigeria or better still let her go to countries were they wear wig on top of hijab, Certainly not here in Nigeria or else we will start tying our wrappers to be called to bar

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