By ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja
The House of Representatives Tuesday mandated it’s committees on Justice and Judiciary to investigate a the headscarf (Hijab) controversy between the Nigerian Law School, and a law graduate, Amana Firdaus.
The committee is also expected to make appropriate recommendations which may include the ultimate recognition of and compliance with the rule of law above any tradition or practice.
Amasa, a law graduate was denied entry into the venue of the call-to-bar ceremony for refusing to take off her headscarf.
The member representing Kano Municipal federal constituency, Hon Danburam-Nuhu Abubakar, in a motion of urgent national importance, noted that the provision of section 38 of the 1999 constitution (as amended) provides that every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, religion and belief.
He also noted that both the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Abubakar Mahmood have raised questions over the legality of the decision of the Nigerian Law School.
According to him, that even the United Kingdom and the United States of America as well as other African countries allow the use if headscarf (Hijab)) by female Muslims during graduation ceremony and presentation of certificate. Adding that the Chief judge of Kenya participated in a group photograph of teo female Muslims who used headscarf during graduation of Law graduates.
The joint committee is expected to turn in its report within two weeks