Hijabs Saga: Muslim Youths Call For Review of Laws, Conventions

By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna 

The National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations (NACOMYO) has called for an immediate review of all laws and conventions and rules guiding public conducts, particularly in the key sector of Health and Education.

The organizations noted that Islam and Muslims have always been at the receiving end of such laws, which are detrimental to the Muslim and Islamic interest.

Its National Secretary-General, Mallam Binyamin Yusuf, told newsmen in Kaduna recently, that the review of such laws has become expedient due to the usual practice by many authorities, especially the Nigerian Law School, who denied female Muslim laws graduates the right to use their Hijab during their call to Bar ceremonies.

The NACOMYO view this action as an ‘affront’ and ‘deprivation’ when a female Muslim law graduate, Firdaus Abdu-Salam Amosa, was barred from entering into the Bar ceremony dinner for declining to take off her neatly tucked-in Hijab. “This singular act is an affront to our belief and an attempt to force a Christian/European culture on Muslims, which apparently contravenes the Nigerian constitution,” they remarked.

The council wondered why some of what they termed as ‘these archaic practices’ are still in vogue in Nigeria, while they have become things of the past in so-called advance countries. “Scarcely can you see lawyers appearing in court with wigs and black robes in Britain, while Nigerian Muslim students abroad enjoy more freedom of religion than here, their fatherland,” it noted.

The NACOMYO National Secretary-General said the Association, therefore, demands that the authorities of the Nigerian Laws School tenders an unreserved public apology to Miss Firdaus Amosa and to immediately present with her certificate of call to Bar to enable her engage in the practice of the legal profession in Nigeria, an objective she has devoted the last six or so years of life to, having fulfilled, albeit with sterling performance, all the requirements requisite for the awards of LLB and BL, he added.

The Association also calls on the National Assembly and the Minister of Justice to set in motion process that will criminalize all discriminative practice in our public life.

Similarly, Mallam Binyamin Yusuf said the association was satisfied with international rejection and criticism that welcomed the unilateral ill-advised and puerile decision of the current United States’ government to move its Embassy in the Pariah State of Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, in blatant deviation from international norms and practices.

While the council congratulates the United Nations Assembly for voting overwhelmingly against the decision of the United States, despite threats, it calls for total overhauling of the veto power system of the Security Council to address the yearnings and aspirations of the majority members of the United Nations.

Mallam Binyamin Yusuf said the associations also enjoined the Organization of Islamic Conference (IOC), the Arab League, the Group of 8 and the African Union, among many others, to be united, steadfast and sustain their opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and achieve permanent resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflicts into two-nation states and also to wade into the current state of anarchy in Libya, he concluded.

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