People Are Talking About This Law School Graduate Who Wasn’t Called To Bar Because She Wore Hijab
By now, most people have probably heard about the story of the Nigerian law school graduate who was denied her call to bar because she wore hijab.
Here is the true story.
A law school graduate identified as Amasa Firdaus wasn’t called to the Nigerian bar on the 12th of December 2017 because she was wearing an muslim apparel for women known as hijab.
Firdaus, a 2.1 graduate from University Of Ilorin refused to remove her hijab as she insisted on wearing her wig on it.
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.
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 by 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 story has gone viral courtesy of her friend @ Savvy_Ruqqy, and people have been reacting to it with many saying she went against the law.
Here is what her friend shared
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
Here are some reactions
If you cannot obey the Law, you’re not fit to practise Law.
I commend the action taken against the lady that wore hijab, the institution already has a dress code, you can’t come and impose your ideology on them.
She should drink water on her L
PS: I’m a Muslim too??
— Your Worst Behavior (@callme_hod) December 14, 2017
It’s not a specific hijab ban let’s get that straight. Law school does not target hijabis. You’re just not allowed to have any thing on your head during call. You’re not even allowed to fix a weave or braids or whatever. Just your hair .
— Pepisko D. Pepeye (@MissIgho) December 14, 2017
“Aminat, we are on site you need to use your safety helmet well. Please do the needful ”
“Oga, I’m sorry.. I can’t remove my hijab because ”
Next thing crane with plenty concrete block lands on Aminat head. Booom Aminat is now with Allah.
— Chairlady (@LadyToluu) December 14, 2017
I was there and others who wore hijab took it off when it was time for the ceremony. She has been studying law for six years she ought to know this isn’t part of their attire. Some of the benchers were Muslims but none wore any of such https://t.co/LyAtjHeZap
— Proudly Edo (@Eweha_A) December 14, 2017
I think it’s a ridiculous rule to not be allowed to wear hijab for call to Bar. Makes no sense to me
I also think it’s ridiculous to go somewhere knowing their rules and regulations, break it, then say it’s unfair.
— Fatima Alfa Abu (@Faty_Alfa) December 15, 2017
Deeper life members don’t wear Trousers but they know they have to wear during their Nysc.. Do you see them bothering us with their faith? Why should Hijab be an exception. You know the constitution, you signed for it so what exactly is your problem?
— ?Mirror? (@Ink_her) December 14, 2017