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Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III

The Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has condemned the Nigerian Law School’s decision of denying Firdaus Amasa from being called to bar, Daily Trust reports.

The Sultan, speaking under the theme, “Public Trust and Accountability,” at the 5th National Convention of Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC), said the hijab simply means decent dressing.

The Sultan, president of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), was represented by one of its members, the Wazirin of Katsina, Sanni Abubakar Lugga.

The constitution is clear, the Sultan said, and no Nigerian can be discriminated against and denied their right. He said:

His eminence wonders while Hijab has now become a controversial issue. Hijab simply means decent dressing, decent dressing by the females. So why should decent dressing be a problem? The Hijab is just an Arabic word. In English it means decent dressing.
His Eminence has asked Nigerians to reflect and see that this is not only an Islamic mode of dressing but a Christian mode of dressing. It is also a Judaism mode of dressing and it is a dressing for every decent woman. It is a dressing for any woman who wants to preserve her chastity in public.
Secondly, in Nigerian constitution it is absolutely clear. Why should Nigerian Muslims be molested and even denied their own right? The Appeal Court ruling in Ilorin is there, the Appeal Court in Lagos and also the High Court all delivered judgement in favour of Hijab.
Justice Alooma, the former CJN, Justice Bukalchuwa and other Senior Justices in Nigeria wear their Hijab and then the wig on top of it. The Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC), the Highest body in the judiciary has not said, ‘no, they should stop’ which means the Nigerian constitution allows the Hijab, the Nigerian Courts through these three judgements have allowed the Hijab and the NJC through these senior judges has allowed the Hijab.
Why will a legal school refuse our sister’s induction into the judiciary simply because she is wearing Hijab? Is the law school saying they are above the NJC, they are above the Nigerian constitution, they are above these three senior courts?

9 Comments

  1. EGO

    December 17, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Brother-Sultan sir, with all due respect, collect your rule-breaking sister with her hijab and call her to the “Sharia-bar” of your harem!
    She who knows the rules and decides to flout it just for some silly reason, is not fit to be a solicitor of the Supreme court of Nigeria. Na so una fanaticism and extremism dey start ooo. We shall not take it!

  2. unadite

    December 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    We are tired of this “entitled’ people. Peace is a disease that must be eradicated.

  3. Bia

    December 17, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Oga Sultan, pls. don’t put your mouth for wetin no concern you. If she wants to practice sharia law, pls. give her a job in your mosque. The rule is clear no wig on wig. Why go through the years of studying law when you know you will not be allowed with your turban. I beg, it’s Christmas you lot should not spoil our blues with your jagajaga raggae.

  4. kkay

    December 17, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    That young lady should ‘ve studied another course instead of Law since she knew the rules from the start. Why break a rule she was well aware of?

  5. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    December 18, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Esteem members of the bar and benches made the right decision concerning the religious naught lawyer Ms. Firduus. She’s not the first Muslim woman in Nigeria to have graduated from the Unicersity of Ilorin with a law degree. Muslim Women Lawyers in Nigeria before her has never rebelled against the dress code before. Why now? A rule is a rule.. This is a legacy bestowed on us by the British which we cherish and respect. Nigeria bar Association will not bend the rule for thisreligious naught of a Woman. Not now or never. Sultan of Sokoto what do you know about legal tradition? You’re just a bloody ex-soldier. Why don’t you mind you business by stopping the blame game.? A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying..

  6. Meb

    December 18, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Why are this people always seeking trouble?. Almost everything associated to this religion is force, violence, abuse or extremism. How can they win people over to their religion like this? Tired of it all from one controversial wahala to another. Pls I am beginning to support those who think we should separate.

  7. Loki

    December 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    First of all, in favour of Firdaus Amasa, the country guarantees you freedom of religion and expression; so she does have the right to express her religion in whatever way an manner she deems fit as long as she doesn’t contravene any law.
    However, I must say, this woman just wanted to give herself problems. Call to Bar ceremony is carried out in Abuja- NORTHERN NIGERIA- where you will see Muslim women typically wrapped up from head to toe and may even wear gloves and socks. And yet, hundreds of them manage to be called to the Nigerian Bar every year without incidence and without making the news. There are rules of the legal profession. From wearing only black and white for the entire 6 years of your education to as tiny as your COMPULSORY attendance at two/three law school dinners where you must eat with a knife and fork. If you like, have a first class and be a prize winner; if you don’t attend that dinner, no Call to Bar for you. Those are the rules- you hear about them from when you are a Jambite so that if you want to quickly transfer to English or Linguistics,or any art course you can quickly do so before your life becomes complicated. The Call to Bar ceremony is so strict, there are long running rumours about how it is a cult initiation ceremony. No weave or any hair extensions whatsoever, minimal make up; and don’t you even dare think of wearing drop earrings. Ladies have been known to stand outside the venue scrubbing their faces of blush and eye shadow in order to be let in. Some have had to look for whom to swap shoes with because of adornment on their shoes or because the heels were too high. The men lift their pants to show that their socks are black. Your parents clapping happily when your name is called is strongly discouraged. Nigerian Call to Bar ceremonies are not avenues for self expression. They don’t want to know about you and your relationship with your God.. The rules are the rules; if you do not like it, go study something else. Most law faculties will happily help you transfer to another faculty without asking you questions .
    The entire ceremony is three hours. She just held herself up for an ENTIRE YEAR because of a three hour ceremony. This Sultan fellow is claiming decent dressing. The robe covers you from shoulder to ankle, the bib covers your neck entirely, and the wig covers your head. How much more modest can you get? It’s not like they were asking her to wear a crop top and playboy bunny ears. She just wanted to make herself a martyr.
    Since she is already fighting anyway, she should sue them for an infringement of her fundamental rights. She just might be the change she is looking for in the world.
    TL; DR- This woman cut off her nose to spite someone else’s face.

  8. Anonymous

    December 18, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Can someone advice this “IMP” to shut the hell up!!!!
    Before he aggravates the situation further!!

  9. Frida

    December 18, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I just googled Justice Alooma Mukthar. And no sir, she has never worn her wig on top of a hijab. She wore a TURBAN underneath her wig and it was barely visible…i had to squint to see it.

    Let’s deal with facts here.

    If Firdaus wants to get her way, then she should take the institution to court and stop creating a raucus on social media.. She just might win.

    Change is the only constant thing in life.

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