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The Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs reaffirms its support for Firdausa Amasa, vows to fight until the Nigerian Law School call her to bar

Nigerian Law School graduate, Amasa Firdausa

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has again released a statement regarding the hijab controversy following the refusal to call to bar Miss Firdausa Amasa for wearing a hijab during the call to bar ceremony.

The Islamic Council had in support of Ms. Amasa previously accused the Nigerian Law School of lawlessness and Islamophobia and consequently threatened a nationwide protest.

Prof. Salisu Shehu, the Deputy Secretary General of NSCIA, in the recent statement urges Nigerians not to take laws into his/her hands, assuring all Muslim brothers and sisters that it will follow all legitimate ways possible to resist this apparent injustice.

“Many are ignorant of the level of provocation this intolerant act of the Council for Legal Education has ignited.

“Our focus is to secure our constitutional rights in the Nigerian System. We are having issues only with the governmental authorities, organizations, institutions and instruments that deny us those rights or persecute and oppress us for demanding our rights,” the NSCIA said.

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar III

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III

The NSCIA noted that it is aware of the persecutions and molestations the Muslim sisters face at institutions and NYSC orientation camps across the nation.

“The NSCIA is not unaware of the persecutions and molestations the Muslim mothers, sisters and daughters go through in various institutions of learning, on NYSC orientation camps and other specialized and professional training schools simply because they choose to observe their Hijabs. This has to stop we cover our heads not our brains,” the NSCIA stated.

Read the full statement released by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs

RE: STOP PRESS! HIJAB IS CONSTITUTIONAL

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) under the leadership of its President-General, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR,mni., is once again obliged to make a second Press Statement on the issue of our dear Sister Firdausa Amasa. This has become necessary because of critical matters that have been arising out of it. First of all the NSCIA appreciates the overwhelming support which the Muslim Ummah not only in Nigeria but all over the World have given to the correct position of the young lady. Similarly appreciated are thousands of non-Muslims who supported her position and with unbiased and objective minds stood for justice and fairness.

The concerns and worries of Muslims all over the world on the issue of Miss Firdausa Al-jannah Amasa, who, for wearing a hijab under her wig was wrongfully denied the opportunity of being called to the Nigerian bar as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria with her colleagues, on the 13th December, 2017 were certainly justified.

It is undoubtedly painful that, after encouraging our female children to strive to acquire Education, they are unnecessarily and unjustifiably being persecuted and constantly put against the unwholesome, uncharitable and unworthy options of having to either choose between disregarding/disrespecting their essential religious tenets and values or the opportunity of the qualifications/certificates they struggle and strive hard to obtain.

The NSCIA is not unaware of the persecutions and molestations the Muslim mothers, sisters and daughters go through in various institutions of learning, on NYSC orientation camps and other specialized and professional training schools simply because they choose to observe their Hijabs. This has to stop we cover our heads not our brains.

While appreciating the support of our people on this particular issue, the Council wishes to advise strongly that nobody should take the laws into his/ her hands. We must show restraint no matter the level of our worry and however much we may be provoked. This is what Islam teaches us and we must abide by the teachings. Many are ignorant of the level of provocation this intolerant act of the Council for Legal Education has ignited.

We wish to assure our Muslim brothers and sisters that we will not relent on this matter and we will doggedly follow all legitimate ways to resist this apparent injustice. Our focus is to secure our constitutional rights in the Nigerian System. We are having issues only with the governmental authorities, organizations, institutions and instruments that deny us those rights or persecute and oppress us for demanding our rights.

We wish to seize this opportunity to inform all that the correct name of the concerned sister is Miss Firdausa Al-jannah Amasa

And our final prayer is that all praise is due to Allah, the Almighty, Lord of the Worlds.

Signed

Prof. Salisu Shehu
Deputy Secretary-General

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