The Nigerian Law School has reportedly approved the usage of Hijab and also given the go ahead for Firdausi Amasa who was denied the honour last year, to attend the Call to Bar coming up this July 2018.
The young female lawyer from University of Ilorin, was disallowed to perform the ceremony because she refused to remove her hijab.
The Body of Benchers yesterday reportedly approved the use of hijab for law activities such as when fresh law graduates are being called to the bar. Consequently, this has given the embattled Muslim graduate of law at University of Ilorin, Amasa Firdaus Abdulsalam, the opening to wear hijab at the bar.
Amasa was denied entrance to the International Conference Centre, Abuja on December 12, 2017 where the call to bar programme was to take place, as she refused to remove her headgear.
The Nigerian Law School had alleged that she was breaking its dress code, but Amasa, who was already wearing her gown, insisted on wearing the wig on her hijab.
Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Ishaq Akintola, commended the Body of Benchers for reviewing the case and for allowing professionalism to be the deciding factor. He said;
“We are also grateful to the House of Representatives for the positive role it played in the matter.
“We felicitate with all Islamic organisations as well as Muslim brothers and sisters who stood with us all these days, particularly during the aborted public hearing at the National Assembly.”
The Muslim Congress (TMC), Lukman AbdulRaheem, said;
“The news is a victory for procedural justice, rule of law and constitutionalism. Amasa has registered her name as a heroine of Islam.“She demonstrated faith, patience and steadfastness in the face of harassment of Islamophobes in the Law School.”