Hijab: Muslim groups flay Law school over UNILORIN graduate, Firdaus Amasa

Some Muslim Groups in Nigeria on Monday condemned the denial of Miss Firdaus Amasa, a University of Ilorin law graduate, from being called to the Bar due for adorning
Hijab.

The groups while describing the action as unconstitutional, violation of her fundamental human rights and a slap on the Muslim community, said that the refusal by the authorities of the Nigerian Law School to call Firdaus Amasa to the Nigerian Bar was a gross violation of her right to freedom of religion as provided in Section 38 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as amended.

Those who spoke with one voice in a statement made available to DAILY POST are Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN), Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN), Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Abuja Muslim Forum (AMF) and Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA).

Others are Criterion, Muslim Consultative Forum (MCF), Muslim Ummah of South West of Nigeria (MUSWEN), Bodija Muslim Youth Forum (BOMYOF), Muslim Community of Oyo State (MUSCOYS).

National President of MMPN, Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun while speaking noted that “the refusal by the authorities of the Nigerian Law School to call Firdaus Amasa to the Nigerian Bar was a gross violation of her right to freedom of religion as provided by Section 38 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as amended.

“We have taken our time to study, listen and hear all shades of opinion on this matter and we are of the opinion that despite Firdaus compromise of adorning a harmless and simple Hijab, her refusal to be called to the Bar is an infringement on her fundamental human right.

“One is not sure of what the Nigerian Law School and the Council of Legal Education are afraid of. The world is moving away from that rigid thinking and leaving Nigeria behind, as wig on hijab are allowed in countries like US, UK and Kenya to mention just a few.

“It is our belief that female lawyers in Nigeria, like their counterparts in other advanced countries, should be allowed to dress properly in accordance with their belief.”

Balogun said that though the call to the Bar has ended for this year and Firdaus has sacrificed herself, MMPN was hereby calling on all the affected bodies to do the needful by ensuring that she was enrolled in the next call to the Bar with her Hijab without any form of harassment or intimidation.

National President of MSSN, Mr. Jameel Muhammad in the same vein described the restriction on the use of hijab as “Islamophobia”and vowed that the group will champion the cause of the affected Miss Firdaus Amasa.

“My first point is that we are Nigerian citizens and we are entitled to our fundamental human rights, which include freedom to religion and worship,

“If my religion demands something from me and I am not contravening any law of a country, I see no reason why they should trample upon fundamental, God given and constitutional right given to me by my country’’, he added.

The Ameer of Abuja Muslim Forum, Malam Luqman Ahmad while speaking, urged all stakeholders to abide by the direction given by the national executive of MULAN, as it has opened consultations with the top echelon of the legal profession in Nigeria.

Similarly, National Amirah of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN), Hajia Halima Jibril said the Muslim Ummah in the country will ensure that her studies of the law profession shall not be in vain.

Jibril said “the incident calls the Muslim Ummah to action, to seek redress while at the same time ensuring adherence to the rule of law.”

The Amirah who had met with the affected Firdaus in company of the leadership of Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN), said injustice done to one, was injustice done to all.

She, however, appealed to the body of Benchers to “re-appraise this case with a view to an equitable settlement that gives the ordinary Nigerian confidence that their right to practice their chosen religion will be protected by those expected to uphold these rights.”

Miss Firdaus Amasa DAILY POST recalled, was denied entry into the International Conference Centre, Abuja, venue of the call to Bar on Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017 because of her refusal to remove her Hijab.

Source: Daily Post

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