Four days after she was denied her right to be called to bar as barrister and solicitor of the supreme Court of Nigeria, Abdulsalam Fridaousa Amasa has spoken and opened up on the controversy and what motivated her to defy the conventional dressing code for the ceremony.
The Nigerian Law School graduate who is an alumna of University of Ilorin was denied access to the venue of the call to the bar ceremony earlier this week for her refusal to remove her Hijab. She said, her demand remains the need to grant approval for the use of hijab among Muslim law graduates.
The case which has become the trending subject of debate across media most especially social media have Nigerians divided on her decision and that of the authorities of the law school. It has also brought to fora again, the controversies trailing the use of Hijab in public institutions across the country.
While Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday, the former NAMLAS Ameerah both at Unilorin and law school insisted that she remained resolute in her convictions to set a precedent for Hijab-wearing Muslims during the ceremony.
“My major concern is the approval of Hijab so that every person coming behind me will be able to use it for the call to bar (ceremony),” she told PREMIUM TIMES.
When asked whether she was aware of rules and regulations that guide against the use of Hijab at the ceremony, she said there was none, stressing that it was merely based on conventions.
“There is nothing like that (laws preventing the use of Hijab),” she told PREMIUM TIMES. “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.”
Asked what motivated her to take the decision, she explained that she wanted to change the narrative and give Muslim sisters the rights to express their constitutional rights as enshrined in the constitution.