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Lagos lawyer goes before Supreme court in traditional attire after hijab approval

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Barely a week after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Muslim students on the use of Hijab within schools, there was a mild drama at the court premises with a Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Malcolm Omirhobo, appearing before the court in traditional apparel, in compliance the judgment delivered by the apex court on freedom of religion.

Omirhobo said that his his lawyer robe complemented with other traditional apparel was basically to support as well as comply with the apex court judgment on hijab and that dressing in contrary would amount to disobedience of the court.

Addressing pressmen on Thursday outside of the supreme court in Abuja, the legal practitioner commended the judges for ruling on religious freedom and disclosed that he would continuously urge his children and friends to dress in their religious apparel in public places.

“I am a traditionalist. I have been missing all along until the Supreme Court gave the judgment on Friday that people can now appear in their religious attires of worship in their school and public school for that matter,” he told Channels Television.

“So, in the circumstance, I just interpreted everything and said they have done the right thing by guaranteeing more of our rights under Section 38 of the Constitution that gives Nigerians the freedom of thought, conscience, and religion from that decision that female students can wear hijab because it is the mode of their worship and any attempt to stop them from wearing it amounts to a violation of their fundamental right. I said, ‘It is good!’

“So, I said I need to also be appearing in my religious attire of worship because it is good for man to be with God all the time. This is my mode henceforth.”

“My children will go to school like this. I will encourage my relations, my friends; those in the army; those in the police; those in the Navy; doctors; lawyers; they will dress in their mode of worship,” the Delta-born added. “I am very grateful to the Supreme Court. I am very happy about this.”

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