Hijab Controversy: Amasa Firdaus, Eleven others call to Bar, Join 1,550 Grandaunts in their Hijab
Kaduna, North-West, NIGERIA
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has commended the Nigerian Law School’s body of Benchers and the Council of Legal Education for calling Firdaus Amasa to bar with her hijab.
MURIC Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, who made statement in Lagos, said the Nigerian Law School had succeeded in restoring confidence of Muslims in the legal education by recognizing Amasa.
The Nigerian law school called Amasa and 11 other Muslims to bar recently and were allowed to wear their hijab as they joined other 1,550 grandaunts from the Law School.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that Amasa was denied entry into the hall for the ceremony in December 2017.
MURIC appealed to the authorities to allow other female Muslim students who had decided to wear hijab below their wigs in future call to bar ceremonies.
“Muslims cannot be fully integrated into all aspects of Nigerian life unless authorities make inclusiveness a cardinal principle in their policies, rules and regulations.
“We also commend all Islamic organizations that showed interest in the struggle to liberate the Nigerian Muslim woman from the shackles of neo-colonialism as epitomized by the Amasa.
“In particular, we treasure the advice and diplomatic support by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III.
“We also commend Muslim youths who heeded our appeal for calm and therefore avoided public demonstrations over the Law school hijab imbroglio.
“This is indubitable evidence that MURIC’s efforts at re-engineering Muslim youths towards non-violence is yielding fruits”.