A female Nigerian law student banned from last year's call to bar ceremony for wearing a headscarf was finally called to the bar on Tuesday, sparking praise and elation among the nation's Muslims.
In 2017 Firdaus Amasa was denied access to the call to bar ceremony in the capital Abuja for insisting on wearing her headscarf in the hall, triggering a backlash from the country's Muslim community, which accused the law school of religious discrimination. The controversy led to lawsuits, especially after Nigeria's parliament called a public hearing on the issue.
Amasa attended the Tuesday event wearing her headscarf, commending the authorities for standing down their opposition to her choice as well as the Muslim and human rights communities for "standing by her during the struggle."
Nigeria's Body of Benchers (BOD), an ultra-conservative body of serving and retired senior judges and lawyers with the final say on the codes applicable for the legal profession, last month resolved to induct Amasa into the legal practice despite ongoing court cases on the matter. The BOD is not party to any of the court cases.
Congratulations BARRISTER Amasa Firdaus who was called to bar today with her Hijab. That didn't come so easy, her victory is one of the many good advantages of Social Media. She fought not only for herself but for the generation to come. History will surely be kind to her. pic.twitter.com/GzFTGvm4eh— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) July 10, 2018