A Nigerian law school graduate was denied her call to the bar for refusing to take off her hijab. Amasa Firdaus Abdulsala , who graduated from Ilorin University, was denied entry to the hall in the capital, Abuja, where the ceremony took place.
She refused to remove her hijab, insisting instead on wearing the wig on top of her headscarf. This was deemed as going against the dress code set by her law school, the university says.
The Lagos-based Nigerian 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.
In an interview with Premiumtimes, 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. Amasa Firdaus Abdulsalam 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.
The Nigerian Law School, is yet to react to the controversy.