Report have it that Muslim rights concern group has submitted a memorandum to the committee on Judiciary and Justice of the Federal house of Representatives in a bid to seek for justice concerning the issue of a Muslim student, Firdaus Amasa who was not called to bar because she refused to remove her hijab in the Law School.
The MURIC’s memorandum which was addressed to the Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary and Justice was titled “Memorandum in Respect of Call to Bar Case in the School of Law”.It emphasised the mandatory nature of hijab for Muslim women in the Qur’an and reviewed the provisions of the Nigerian constitution on freedom of religion and respect for the dignity of the human person. Also, the memorandum revealed previous judicial authorities in favour of hijab including a Court of Appeal pronouncement confirming the right of Muslim women to use hijab.
“We therefore appeal to the House of Representatives as the voice of the voiceless and the bulwark against oppression and persecution, to take the bull by the horn by criminalizing the obstruction, denial and stigmatisation of female Muslim women in hijab while carrying out their civic responsibilities like obtaining international passport, driving licence, voters’ registration card……”
On a final note, the MURIC sought the following reliefs in the memorandum:
√Immediate ‘call to bar’ for AbdulSalaam Firdaus Amasa;
√A judicial inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the molestation of Muslim students who were forced to remove their hijab on that fateful day;
√Identification and adequate disciplinary measure (or measures) in respect of the Law School female lecturer who stepped on the hijab of Firdaus and debased it by using her feet to rub it on the floor and “kicked it around”
√ A review of the code of dressing in the Nigerian Law School as it affects the ‘manifestation’ of religious beliefs and
√A review of the dress code in all professions where uniforms are used such that female Muslims in such professions can use suitable hijab along with the uniform.