A Nigerian law graduate has been denied her call to the bar after insisting on wearing a hijab during the ceremony.
Amasa Firdaus, who graduated from Ilorin University, was denied entry to the hall in the capital, Abuja, where the ceremony took place.
She refused to remove her hijab, insisting instead on wearing the wig on top of her headscarf, local media say. This was deemed as going against the dress code set by her law school, the university says.
Ms Firdaus described the actions of the Nigerian law school as “a violation of her rights”, according to reports. The case has attracted significant attention on social media.
The University of Ilorin is a federal university in the western Nigerian state of Kwara, 162 miles (261 km) from Lagos.
Everyone must not be a lawyer. But if you decide to attend the Nigerian Law school you bound by its rules, if she insists on wearing the hijab she'll not be coerced to do otherwise but she cannot also expect to break the law that binds an organisation and claim right to religion.
— Tobechukwu Ekwunife (@Tobe_ekwunife1) December 15, 2017
Underneath it all, you'll find good ole patriarchy at the root of the issue, cos you know, what else would dare dictate what a woman wears? -Bikini or burkini, nun habit or hijab, maxis or muted nudes…?
BTW, women were NOT allowed to wear trousers in US congress till In 1969..
— Juliet 'Kego (@julietkego) December 15, 2017
Thinking about it, you can't work in a Nigerian Bank and be wearing Hijab to work. Heck, you can't work in most Financial Institutions & Corporate Offices in Nigeria and wear a Hijab to work.
You can cover your hair with a dress code compliant turban (not tie scarf) but that's it
— Amina Ebele (@DeliciousAmina) December 16, 2017
She's also wearing trousers. While pushing for the hijab don't forget to mention that we'd also like to wear trousers to court and for call to bar in Nigeria too 🙄
— Ebele (@A_BayLay) December 15, 2017