House of Reps intevenes in hijab controversy

The House of Representatives has intervened in the ongoing controversy over the refusal of the Nigerian Law Schoolto graduate one of its students, Amasa Firdaus.

House of Reps intevenes in hijab controversy

The University of Ilorin law graduate was not called to bar on December 12 after she wore an hijab sparking controversy.

The institution had insisted that she wore only the wig that was mandated but she was quoted as saying she would use her hijab with it as a way of challenging the status quo.

The Punch reports that the House directed its Committees on Justice and Judiciary to look into the issue and make appropriate recommendation on the floor of the House.

The resolution came after Honourable Abubakar Danburam-Nuhu from Kano raised a motion faulting the Law School for infringing on the fundamental rights of the lady.

He told the House that Firdaus was entitled to dress the way she liked under Section 38 of the 1999 Constitution,

He said: “The section supersedes any provision by any government agency or institution.”

The honourable argued that the wig and mode of dressing was brought from the west and this should not be imposed on Nigerians.

He insisted that in the UK and some African countries graduates were allowed to use the Hijab during graduation and Nigeria must not stick to the wig because it came from the west.

Meanwhile, Muslim groups in Nigeria strongly condemned the denial of Firdaus from being called to the Bar due to her wearing Hijab.

Premium Times reports that the groups described the denial as unconstitutional and a violation of her fundamental human rights.

The groups include 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).

Others are Abuja Muslim Forum (AMF), Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association, (UNIFEMGA), Criterion, Muslim Consultative Forum (MCF), Muslim Ummah of South West of Nigeria (MUSWEN), Bodija Muslim Youth Forum (BOMYOF), and Muslim Community of Oyo State (MUSCOYS).