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She took a Stand & helped Change the Rules! Nigerian Law School approves Use of Hijab during Call-to-bar Ceremonies

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Following the controversy that ensued late last year when Nigerian law school graduate, Amasa Firdaus Abdulsalam was denied her call to bar for refusing to take off her hijab headscarf, reports say the institution has now approved the use of hijabs during the call-to-bar ceremonies and has also invited Amasa to attend the ceremony this July.

According to Twitter user The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) released a statement giving updates on the on-going court case with the institution fighting for the rights of Muslim students.

In 2017, The Nigerian Law School said that Amasa was breaking the dress code set by the university by putting on a hijab, hence prohibited her from the ceremony but she insisted on wearing the wig on top of her hijab.

8 Comments

  1. Dayo

    June 21, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Congrats! It should not have been such a big deal in a diverse country where lawyers already have to cover their hair…

  2. Que

    June 21, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    All praises be to Allah the Lord of the al—Amin

  3. jah rule

    June 21, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    but i felt they should have allowed her wear under the wig a fitted black covering for the hair …

  4. gbaskelebo

    June 21, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    It starts with the hijab at law school, what next probably deeper life sisters request for ankle length khaki skirt in NYSC camp! This the law for goodness sakes! the bedrock of our constitution, when will we learn to separate matters of state from religion? when we allow religion to erode everything beyond matters of decency(if that still exist) and morality, we have a system gradually gyrating towards mediocrity as a matter of urgency the scion of statehood (the law) needs to be preserved in its purest form from religious intrusion. Away from this poo i am seeing… unto second base tinz joor!

    • TheRealist

      June 22, 2018 at 7:12 am

      @gbaskelebo, the law is and should never be static! Accordingly, we should simply let each individual case (or circumstance) be examined and dealt with on its own individual merit. After all, there was a time that we did not even have this Internet that you and I are now taking for granted and all documents have to delivered manually and signed by hand. The law should evolve as society evolves, because the law is made for persons and not vice versa.

      Btw, the doctrine of the separation of state and religion merely means that there should not be a state religion, It does not mean that the state should pretend that religion does not exist. Specifically, the doctrine is anchored on two principal principles: (1) the non-establishment of a state religion; and (2) the freedom to exercise one’s religious beliefs. The hijab prohibition would appear to undermine the second principle (in the absence of a compelling state interest).

  5. Mrs chidukane

    June 22, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Beautiful. Hope they will allow nuns and reverend sisters wear their full head dress for call to bar as well since we’re being progressive.

  6. Ichie

    June 22, 2018 at 9:39 am

    This is very good news. As an igbo chief, i can never be found out and about without my traditionaL red cap. Now i know i can wear that during my call to bar!!! We are making progress in this country.

    • 9ja

      June 22, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Ichie, as an indigenous chief obsessed with tradition, why even bother with Oyinbo’s “wig and gown” and legal traditions? Next, they will refuse to allow you to speak Igbo in court. Perhaps best be served sticking with the traditional council under the palm wine tree. Lmao!

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