Thursday, 14 December 2017

Nigerian Law School Graduate Not Called To Bar For Wearing Hijab | Photo

Amasa Firdaus, a graduate of the Nigerian Law School from the University of Ilorin was not called to the Nigerian bar by the Body of Benchers on the 12th day of December, 2017 being the day of her call.

According to a post on an Instagram page Amasa Firdaus who is a Muslim refused to remove her Hijab before entering the International Conference Centre where the call to Bar ceremony is usually held.

The graduate of Unilorin had insisted on wearing her wig on top of her Hijab as she was already dressed in her new gown .

A colleague of Amasa Firdaus claimed that the refusal of the body of benchers to call her to the Nigerian Bar is a violation of her right to freedom of religion protected by Section 38 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigerian as amended.The handlers of the Nigerian Legal profession are known for an uncompromising stand on dissidents  just as one Kayode Bello was treated early this year.

With the failure of Amasa Firdaus to be called on the 12th of December this year, it means she can only be called next year and that is only if she is seen as fit and proper and the same scenario does not occur.

According to an Instagram user who shared the story, Muslims are treated poorly in the legal profession and the case she highlighted was just one out of many.

Meanwhile sources at the ICC stated that before the ceremonies were to begin, all Muslims were respectfully asked to remove their hijabs prior to entering the hall. This request was complied with all the Muslims present except Amasa Firdaus who vehemently refused to remove hers.

In the process of her protests and despite entreaties made to her by other Muslims she was denied entry into the hall by the Body of Benchers. During the ceremony, a Respected former Chief Justice of Nigeria also met with Amasa Firdaus to convince her to remove her hijab but she did not heed the pleadings as she reiterated that even at gun point she would never remove her Hijab.

The Body of Benchers is yet to comment on this development.

Good morning everyone, I want to use this medium to express my dissatisfaction with the way muslims are treated in this my profession called 'LAW'. A sister wasn't called to the bar because she was dressed like that (Picture above) please for God sake what is wrong with that picture? Because she was putting on a small hijab tucked into her collarette, WHY? What has Hijab done to them? Where is our freedom of Religion as stated in the constitution? We need justice...For those that don't know, Hijab is a MANDATORY part of my religion not just a piece of clothing, so if my freedom of religion is said to have been guaranteed in section 38 of the constitution of my country that is said to be supreme and have have binding force over all as seen in section 1 of this same constitution and Section 42 of this same constitution guarantees my right to freedom from discrimination, please for God sake what is this then and before you come here attack me, please read section 38 (1) and section 1 (1) first and also go ahead to read S1 (3) of this same constitution with an unbiased mind where it is said that if any other law is inconsistent with the provisions of this constitution this constitution shall prevail...B'iko what are we now talking about? Please we want justice. We want our hijab we want #JusticeForFirdaus We want to wear our hijabs for call to bar we want to wear it in the court room. Stop the discrimination We are muslims not terrorists Hijab is Mandatory We want Justice for Firdaus @instablog9ja @officiallindaikeji @lindaikejiblog @soundsultan @iamvjadams @cyberbugzie @omojuwa @daddyfreeze @channelstelevision @aitnews @muslimsconnectnaija
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