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In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

 

Hijab-Wearing Law Graduate Denied Call To The Bar

Amasa Firdaus (photo left), a female law graduate and candidate for the Call To The Bar ceremony conducted by the Body of Benchers was denied  entry into the venue of the ceremony by the Nigerian Law School (NLS) for breaking the institution’s dress code. Reports say that a law graduate who wasn’t called to the Nigerian bar for refusing to remove her hijab ignited a debate on social media.

Firdaus was reportedly denied entry into the hall at a ceremony which took place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Tuesday December 12, 2017.

She had refused to remove her hijab when requested to do so by the NLS inspectors at the entrance door for women candidates, insisting on wearing the wig over the Hijab veil, which is said to violate the dress code set by the Nigerian Law School.

The hijab is a head covering prescribed by Islam to be worn by Muslim women.

Speaking with Premium Times, Firdaus described the action of the law school as “a violation of her rights”.

When asked whether she was aware of rules and regulations that guide against the use of Hijab at the ceremony, she said there was none, stressing that it was merely based on conventions.

“There is nothing like that (laws preventing the use of Hijab).”

“When you ask them too, they tell you it is convention; that that is how it is done and it has to remain like that.”

Asked what motivated her to take the decision, she explained that she wanted to change the narrative and give Muslim sisters the rights to express their constitutional rights as enshrined in the constitution.

“I knew that was what was going to happen,” she said of the consequences of her decision. She, however, said she remained resolute in her convictions to speak for the recognition of rights of female Muslim law graduates.

She explained further that the Law School has not said anything on the case, adding that the support from the Muslim community has been impressive.

“My demand is that Hijab should be approved,” she affirmed.

Meanwhile, AB Mahmoud, the president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), says the controversy surrounding Firdaus’ use of hijab is needless.

Mahmoud posted a picture of his own daughter in hijab, on the day she was called to the New York bar in the United States of America.

He said the issue will be addressed: “ . . . The NBA will embrace diversity and tolerance in the Nigerian legal profession. The Hijab issue will be addressed.” he tweeted.

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