The House of Representatives on Tuesday intervened in the controversy surrounding the refusal of the Nigerian law school to call-to-bar Miss Amasa Firdaus for wearing a Hijab, by mandating a joint committee to investigate the matter.
Miss Amasa Firdaus, a graduate of the University of Ilorin, was denied entry into the International Conference Center for her call-to-bar ceremony due to her refusal to remove her hijab, a development that has attracted huge social media attention.
The motion to investigate the issue was moved by Hon. Abubakar Danburam-nuhu from Kano State who claimed that the Law School infringed on the fundamental human rights of Amasa. In his argument, Hon. Abubakar said that the wig or dress code of lawyers was borrowed from the west and that Nigeria shouldn’t impose it on its citizens. He also claimed that other African countries allow the use of headscarf (hijab) during graduation ceremony.
The house referred the issue to be investigated by the committee on justice and committee on federal judiciary and make a recommendation within two weeks.