Fidarau Amasa, the University of Ilorin law graduate who was refused entry into the Abuja venue of Last Wednesday December 13th Call to Bar ceremony because she was wearing a Hijab, has broken her silence.
In an interview with Premiumtimes, Firadau said there is no law prohibiting Female Muslim lawyers from wearing Hijab to the Call to Bar ceremony. According to Firadau, she is determined to pave the way for Female Muslims to be allowed to wear Hijab to the ceremony.
“There is nothing like that (laws preventing the use of Hijab). When you ask them too, they tell you it is convention; that that is how it is done and it has to remain like that.”
Amasa says wants to change the narrative and give Muslim sisters the right to express their constitutional rights as enshrined in the constitution.
“I knew that was what was going to happen. My demand is that Hijab should be approved,” she said.
Firadau’s younger sister, Tawakaa, who was also called to bar on the said day, called on Nigerians to support her sister’s cause which she says is not illegal.
“All we are clamoring for is to allow hijab in legal profession because it is our right,” she said
The internet had gone agog, some people saying Amasa knew the rules and should have abided by them, while others said it is her fundamental human right to wear a hijab.
Meanwhile, THE president of NBA, A. B. Mahmoud has described the controversy as needless, saying it will be addressed.
The Nigerian Law School, is yet to react to the controversy.