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The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, the umbrella body of Nigerian Muslims, has threatened to initiate legal actions and embark on massive protests, if Firdaus Amosa is not immediately called to the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, and duly compensated.
Recall, that Amosa, a graduate of Law from the University of Ilorin, had been denied access to the venue of her call to bar ceremony, after she insisted on wearing the hijab.
The development has since sparked controversy, as many Nigerians took to the social media to express diverse opinions.
According to a statement issued on Tuesday, by Salisu Shehu, Deputy Secretary General of the NSCIA: “Amosa has been victimized, humiliated, and traumatised by the Nigerian Law School, the Body of Benchers, and the Council for Legal Education, on account of her faith.”
The NSCIA maintains that Amosa, “has not violated any law”, by insisting on wearing her hijab during her call to the bar ceremony.
“She has been denied of rightfully joining her professional colleagues, just because of her religion. She has been exposed to ridicule and opprobrium, by standing for her religious rights”, the group stated.
“It begs the question that she is not the only Muslim lady among those concerned, as no one will stand for her when she appears before her Creator, to defend the correctness and otherwise of her actions. We reiterate that she has not violated any law.

“The NSCIA demands that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Justice, call the Council for Legal Education and the Nigerian Law School to order so that they will not stoke religious crisis in the country.
“Our Council patiently waits for what the Ministry will do as it puts other options on the table, including litigation and nation-wide protests.”
“Those who think they can ride roughshod on the rights of Muslims just because their co-Christian colonialists did it successfully will have to wake up and realise that Muslims are equal stakeholders in this country.”
The NSCIA further described the development as “the height of Islamophobia displayed by the authorities of the Nigerian Law School, the Body of Benchers, and the Council for Legal Education.”
“Basically, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees Nigerians their freedom of religion.
“There is a constitutional basis that holds and upholds the use of hijab as a fundamental and constitutional right of Muslims in this country.
“It beggars belief that the Islamophobic posturing of the Nigerian Christian establishment is legendary even if this dates back to the Christian colonial past and its vestiges.
“The hatred for Muslims and Islam appears to be a virulent cancer that has spread across the body of those who use religion to oppress and deprive others of their religious rights. We have maintained that Nigeria is a multi-religious country and that cannot be controverted.
“In the United States, female Muslim attorneys are granted their use of hijab as a piece of scarf on the head of a person doesn’t harm anyone.
“In Britain, where the Nigerian legal system originates from, the English lawyers and judges since July this year have started to break away from the centuries-old tradition of horse-hair wigs that many consider anachronistic, uncomfortable and expensive.
“While the rest of the world is becoming progressive and pluralistic, the Nigerian religious bigots remain dogmatic, vicious and vindictive when issues concerning Islam arise.
“That the United States of America allows even female military personnel to use hijab and male Muslims to grow their beard as part of their religious rights is worthy of note.
“If Muslim female police officers in Britain that so desire use hijab without let or hindrance, what is the problem in Nigeria?
“What is wrong with the Islamophobic Nigerians who assume that Muslims must abandon their religion to co-exist with them in the Nigerian space?
“How does wearing hijab infringe on anybody’s right in Nigeria? Enough is enough of this chronic hatred and bigoted intolerance! Yours is your religion and ours is ours.
“We stand behind Abdulsalam Firdaos Amosa who acted within her constitutional rights and we insist that she must be called to the Bar and adequately compensated for the humiliation she was subjected to. Enough is enough!”

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