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AMASA'S HIJAB CONTROVERSIAL SAGA: APOLOGIES FROM COURT OFFICIALS.

                   
                        The apex body of Muslims, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA and other Muslim groups have vowed to defend Miss Firdaus Amasa over what they described as victimization, dehumanization and gross injustice, just as they also demanded for apology to the young Muslim lawyer adding that the injustice done to her be reversed immediately.

                     The National President of the association, Alhaji Tajudeen Ojikutu in the same vein implored the authorities to do the needful by ensuring that Amasa is enrolled in to the Bar with her Hijab without any form of harassment or intimidation, adding that the association was ready to join hands with other Muslim organizations in ensuring that justice is served on the matter.

                     Other Muslim groups include, The Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria, MMPN; Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria, MULAN; Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria, FOMWAN; Muslim Association of Nigeria, MAN; The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC; Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN; Abuja Muslim Forum, AMF.

                     MMPN laments In a statement, the National President of MMPN, Abdur-Rahman Balogun said that the refusal by the authorities of the Nigerian Law School to call Firdaus Amasa to the Nigerian Bar was a gross violation of her right to freedom of religion as provided by Section 38 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as amended.

                     At a press conference organised by MURIC held in Iba-Estate, Lagos, the organization also called for a judicial inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the molestation of Muslim students who were allegedly forced to remove their hijab on that fateful day but could not assert their rights.

Saheed Ashafa in a press conference held on Wednesday in Lagos said the incidence was a bad development urging immediate apology to the embarrassed Muslim law graduate, Amasa Firdaus, and reinstate her forthwith.

Saheed Ashafa said: “This wave of harassment and denial has found its way to the law school where a Muslim law graduate was denied access to the call to bar ceremony because she tucked her hijab under her wig.

The refusal of Firdaus Amasa not to remove her Hijab is within her rights as a citizen of Nigeria which is guaranteed by the constitution and her denial to be called to Bar along with her colleagues on this basis is an infringement on her right.

Among other requests made on the issue were a review of the code of dressing in the Nigerian Law Schools as it affects the manifestation of religious beliefs; the intervention of the Nigerian National Assembly in the matter at hand; an investigation by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) into allegations of religious stigmatization in the Nigerian Law School as well as a general reform of the Nigerian Law School.


We are all ready to defend her MAN The Muslim Association of Nigeria, MAN also expressed its anger on the issue stating that authorities should immediately apologize to Amasa.

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