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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Unilorin Muslim Graduate Denies Being Called To Bar Due To Hijab

University of Illorin law graduate by the name Amasa Firdaus Abdulsalam was not permitted by the Body of Benchers to enter the International Conference Centre, Yesterday, December 12, 2017 where the call to bar is usually held by the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA.

The call to bar is the official moment where an individual is sworn into a law society or court and obtains licensing to practice law in that jurisdiction.

The Lagos chapter of the Nigeria Law School said that she was breaking the dress code set by the
university, but Abdulsalam, who was already wearing her new gown, insisted on wearing the wig on top of her hijab as a Muslim.

The hijab is a headscarf worn by many Muslim women who feel it is part of their religion but some people still frowns at her behavior being NOT the only Muslim woman who was on ground for the ceremony.
Abdulsalam called the refusal of the Nigerian Law School to call her to the bar a violation of her right to freedom of religion as protected by Section 38 of the 1999 Constitution.

Abdulsalam can be called to the bar next year only if she is regarded as having complied with all the rules.

The President of Nigerian Bar Association A.B. Mahmoud vowed that the association would look into the situation.
"UK based Nigerian lawyer recognized for promoting diversity in the legal profession," Mahmoud tweeted, posting a photo of Olufunke Abimbola, who was recently recognised by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to promoting diversity in the legal profession.
"The NBA will embrace diversity and tolerance in the Nigerian legal profession," Mahmoud continued, adding that "the Hijab issue will be addressed."
He also tweeted a photo of his daughter Zubaida, who also wears a hijab, being admitted to the New York Bar earlier this year.

The case has sparked an intense debate on social media, with the hashtag #JusticeforFirdaus being used by those who thinks her right of religion was infringed on. 

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