Amasa Firdaus, a Law graduate who sparked controversy after challenging the restriction on use of Hijab during Nigerian Law School call-to-bar ceremony, has eventually been called to bar. She was denied access into the hall for the ceremony which took place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja in December, for refusing to remove her Hijab thereby generating controversies.
The Call To Bar is the official moment where an individual is sworn into a law society or court and obtains licensing to practice law in that jurisdiction.
In December, Firdaus described the action as “a violation of her rights, adding the Hijab does not violate the dress code set by the law school but was a mere convention that the British gave to us and we have to stick to it.” The issue sparked interest within the Islamic bodies, including the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) supporting her and calling for a review of the dress code.
In a list of the new lawyers called to the Nigerian bar by the Council for Legal Education on Tuesday morning, Firdaus name appeared on number 788 in the new list after The Nigerian law School had in June approved the use of Hijabs during the call-to-bar ceremonies.