FIRDAUS: COALITION ON HIJAB CONDEMNS COURT RULING

ABUJA,The Coalition of Islamic Organisations on Justice for Firdausa Amasa Abdulsalam and Hijab-related Matters said it received with shock the ruling of His Lordship, Justice Anwuli Chikere sitting of Court No. 4 of the Federal High Court, Abuja in Suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/110/2018 between Adeniyi Ojo & 7 Ors vs House of Representatives, a matter filed by 8 Christians to stop the public hearing earlier scheduled by the House of Representatives to hold on 14th March, 2018 on the hijab controversy between the Body of Benchers and Miss Firdausa Amasa.  …

Firdaus: Court adjourns ruling till June 29

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned ruling of joiner in the case involving coalition of lawyers seeking to stop the House of Representatives from holding public hearing on the denial of call to bar of Firdaus Amasa Abdulsalam based on her adorning Hijab.   The Presiding judge, Chikere having listened to the counsel to the coalition of lawyers, Barr. Sunday Akanni in Abuja on Thursday,  who insisted that the House of Representatives has no such powers to conduct public hearing on issue bordering on fundamental rights.  …

BAN ON HIJAB :MURIC, Others Protest,as Court Halts Public Hearing

The public hearing slated for today 14th March by the House of Representatives on the denial of call to bar of Firdaus Amasa Aljannah by the Nigeria Law School and the Body of Benchers insisting she must be off her hijab was again postponed after all parties invited for the hearing were at the conference room. This was as a result of a court interlocutory injunction granted by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja which was only served at the committee yesterday at around 3:10pm. The Chairman of the…

MURIC DEMANDS ACTION ON CALL TO BAR SAGA

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called for immediate action on the recent  controversy over the ban on Hijab at a call to bar ceremony in Abuja which involved a female Law graduate, Amasa Firdaus. The  group also condemned the deafening silence coming from the House of representatives particularly after the court granted the injunction seeking to stop the public hearing. A Press Statement signed by Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) Professor Ishaq Akintola reads: We are palpably appalled by the seeming lack of a political will on the part…

Nigerian Law School Provoking Muslims, MURIC Warns

Although the dust is yet to settle on the call to bar hijab saga featuring Amasa Firdaus, the six Nigerian Law School campuses across the nation may not allow female Muslim students due for Bar Part II to wear their hijabs during the 2017/2018 First Term Law Dinner, which started yesterday, Wednesday, 13th February, 2018. The dinners will run till tomorrow, Thursday, 15th February, 2018. The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) warned that any attempt to bar female Muslim law students who wish to use hijab from doing so is an…

HIJAB: MUSLIM GROUPS CALL FOR CALM, EXPRESS DISAPPOINTMENT OVER PUBLIC HEARING POSTPONEMENT

A meeting of a coalition of Muslim organisations in Nigeria under the auspices of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) held at the NSCIA Secretariat, Abuja on Monday, 5th February, 2018 reviewed the issue of the Hijab controversy between the Body of Benchers/Nigerian Law School and Al-Jannah Firdausa Amasa and the last minute postponement of the public hearing by the Joint Committee on Justice and Judiciary of the House of Representatives.   In attendance were representatives of more than twenty Muslim organisations. They include NSCIA, FOMWAN, MSSN, MUSWEN,…

PROHIBITION OF THE USE OF HIJAB/VEIL IN SOME PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS: WHAT IS THE POSITION OF THE LAW?                        BY      O. G. CHUKKOL

One of the challenges Muslim females are facing is the wearing of hijab. Hijab is a veil they use in covering their body. These challenges are found even in public institutions. The proscription of the use of veils is normally done through rules made in those institutions. For example there has been complaint that hijab is not allowed in Nigerian Law School, it happened also in Kwara, Lagos, Osun State etc where students were not allowed to wear hijab to schools. This article seeks to establish that prohibiting Muslim females…