I want a judge to confront me, won’t stop wearing traditional worshipper’s attire to court – Lawyer protesting against hijab judgment

6/25/2022 9:16:00 AM

I want a judge to confront me, won’t stop wearing traditional worshipper’s attire to court – Lawyer protesting against hijab judgment

Hijab Crisis

I want a judge to confront me, won’t stop wearing traditional worshipper’s attire to court – Lawyer protesting against hijab judgment

A lawyer, Malcom Omirhobo, has been in the news for attending proceedings at the Supreme Court on Thursday dressed as a traditional worshipper, in apparent protest against the judgment of the apex court sanctioning the use of hijab by female Muslim students in Lagos State public schools. Omirhobo speaks with ALEXANDER OKERE about his action

Let’s talk about the Supreme Court judgment that you are protesting against. We understand that the Supreme Court based its verdict that Muslim pupils can wear hijab on Section 38 of the constitution. Do you think the Supreme Court misinterpreted the law?

My position is that in reaching that decision the Supreme Court did not take into consideration the provision of Section 10 of the same constitution, which makes Nigeria a secular state. Section 38 of the constitution that the Supreme Court relied upon is a private right as opposed to Section 10, which is about public interest or right. And if that is the case, Section 10 has diluted the individual’s right provided for in Section 38. When you come to a public place, you have to put your religion aside, as long as it is going to affect other parties. It is important for us to know what secularity is all about. Secularity means a society that is devoid of religion, both in government and public places. That is to say, any religion should not be discussed in the public space. In Nigeria, we start events with prayers. Why do we pray? Does the white man pray before he starts any occasion?

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It's surprising when you start taking side without weighing to balance issues. He's not against hijab refer to his interview. Unless the Supreme court review her verdict the activist is in alignment with SC ruling. End is near. Awakening of the enslaved minds. That's great, just make it habitual! I bet you, you can achieve that since you have no other motive other than Islamophobia. While this your attire is mostly related to your act of worship and not a daily dressing, HIJAB is not. Hijab is a Muslim's identity.

The man gave valid points. We should do better beyond being overly religious. Any occasions, like birthday party, children weeding, burials, naming ceremony etc,must dress like this too. You have my support That is it every one come with what you know and believe If you like dress naked, that's your choice. Just leave Hijab alone. malcolmomirhobo

He should go back to law school na I love d courage This old man how many days remain for you in this temporary world? take it easy.

Hijab ruling: Drama as lawyer wears native doctor's attire to Supreme CourtThe most widely read newspaper in Nigeria Lol Hnmm! Na wa o,this one weak me o 😂 E just dey start, na show Ur side be d next

Love this concept I love this spirit. Because this country is turning something else.. I think he is right Very wise and courageous of him📌📌 I da enjoy u boss man In every profession and organisation, there are mode of dressing, mostly to government institutions. If you don't meet with the code of dressing as a lawyer to the court, the judge can Walk you out of his court. You can only wear your traditional clothes to your shrine.

Nigeria is a joke. So sad. I agree with you please Thanks for your bravery. Justice justice for all. Hijab for Muslim. Igele/headtie for christians. Traditional attire for traditionalists. Nigeria jagajaga! We must see to the end of this madness. No going back. Nigeriadisintegration to save lives ReferendumNow Justice5Biafra

Even in non muslim developed country, they have no issue but it's part of Islam. Is it part of his religion to go to court with traditional attire? and also wear it in public. A professional individual should know this. He should go naked, na em palava The new way

Hijab: Lawyer attends Supreme Court in traditional worshipper’s attire (PHOTOS) - Premium Times NigeriaMr Omirhobo, who described himself as a traditionalist, said he was motivated to appear in court in the unusual attire by last week’s judgement of the Supreme Court affirming the rights of Muslim female pupils to attend school in hijab in Lagos public schools. Sorry Mr lawyer let us think very well Allah is great That is your choice nobody care. Very lovely. This is Tanko's only achievement as CJN. If you know another, kindly inform me.

😂🤣 you got the ball and the court, play the game as you wish Malcolm. The man said he's happy with the judgment of the supreme Court. It's a good judgement that gave Nigerians freedom to wear their religion everywhere they are going. We should all be happy... I dare him to dress that way to address the bench in a case.

Be careful bro this people will say u have committed blasphemy and will not only stone u to death but burn ur corpse MaziNnamdiAgba6 You spoken well truly you're the son of Old( Origin) celebrate you Br. Good luck. Keep on the good work Goodluck, carry on This man is definitely a hypocrite, can he truly say it that he's a traditional worshiper? At his age he's behaving like a spoilt child. There are better ways of driving your point home than being childish. It's a shame on the BAR.

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EXTRA: Lawyer appears in supreme court dressed as 'juju priest' -- after hijab verdictMalcolm Omirhobo, a Lagos-based human rights lawyer, on Thursday appeared before the supreme court dressed as a traditionalist... Lol Naija na maximum cruise, Vote Peter Obi to save lives Shame to the judiciary sector for there influenced judgement which resulted to this let's see if he goes to court everyday in this ... mumu man ...

He shock them, is not only Muslims that owns Nigeria By wearing this to court can't stop the use of hijab, just get that ... He should have gone to the court naked since his ancestors worshipped naked before arrival of missionaries . He is not Protesting. He said he only appreciate the Supreme Court for allowing him practice his religion well. Kindly watch his interview on ARISEtv and make necessary correction.

Hope its fine if his kids wear same to school cos yeah it's freedom of expression he never mentioned that he was protecting against hijab in his interview. You guys should stop creating another problem. Or maybe I didn't hear him well The message is clear No reasonable judge will confront you ; check yourself in the public image !!!*** HOW DO YOU LOOK hhhmmmm.√√√¶

If you like abeg wear agbada go toilet or wear juju uniform go market, who cares? Abeg next story jor He's not protesting but acting in line with supreme court judgement

Drama In Supreme Court As Lawyer Appears In Herbalist AttireThere was a mild drama at the Supreme Court in Abuja, on Thursday, when a Lagos-based lawyer, Malcom Omoirhobo, appeared in the court in an herbalist attire.

This man is just making himself a subject of ridicule. I wonder what his family thinks of him. I would love for him to be ignored. Let's see for how many years he can sustain this. I also urge him to wear same to weddings, markets,... even travel go America. Who cares. Just ignore him. Na so Hmmm if likes let him go naked...hijab is a way of life for Muslims is not a fashion. All your problems are Muslims.. he's a JOKER

When did he protest against hijab? Don't put words in his mouth!!! Is shameful to our country having such ignorant as lawyers or law makers You shouldn't wear it to court alone, hijab is not only been wore to school, its d mode of dressing for our Muslim ladies, so u can b wearing ur traditional wear at home too. Cant even understand una problem

I respect ur decision.. I like this man Some people have problems with the hijab just because it's related to Islam. But I see no reason why covering a girl's body should turn issue in the society where rapping and other sexual harassment is becoming heavy threats. We want cure but despising medications! 🤔

PICTORIAL: Why I wore traditional worshippers’ attire to Supreme Court proceedings – LawyerA human rights lawyer, Malcolm Omoirhobo, on Thursday, caused a stir at the Supreme Court for wearing an African traditional worshippers' attire to the court's proceedings. Nigeria deserves a channel on Netflix.🤦 Thanks. This Babalawo still go sit for where Dem right do not see... that means he did not no left from right

Nobody is confronting you oga lawyer just make sure you dress like this 24/7 not only to court. Make sure anywhere we see you you are dressed like this as in case of hijab wearing women or you are to be examined Don't wear this only to court, wear it to all places like markets, offices, parties even to your in-laws then we will know you are not insane.

And now, come to think of it those exchanging words here will be Muslim and Christian not the traditionalists that the man is displaying o, You can't force anybody to practice what you believe. Why would anybody stops you. It is your right. We Muslims has pushed for our right through legal process uptil the supreme court of the land. We had our judgement, we are happy that hijab has come to stay.

Na im go tire 😂😂😂 Continue sir. God bless you You are a Hero of democracy People just drop comment without reading the full article. If you read it you will find out that the lawyer was not protesting against hijab judgment as the headline says. He was only practicing his fundamental rights. He is free to wear anything he likes in as much it doesn't infringe on my own right. How does hijab wearing on another person's head affect someone beside anyone, if I may ask?

Hijab controversy: Expect me in court with my full Juju attire - Rivers lawyer, AbakpaFollowing the recent approval by the Supreme Court to allow female Muslim students to wear hijab in public schools, a Rivers State-based lawyer, Barrister Where it all started. They guy that discovered Obi in 2021. Listen if you love the black race, shun tribe and religious sentiments, vote Mr. Peter Obi. God will not come down physically but he uses men. How can a right thinking person canvass for Atiku& Thiefnubu? NigBarAssoc with all the level of learned colleagues with prowess of reasoning and logic, how can such a confusion arise. This is a case of Right or wrong but with the peace of a nation as the first consideration. E soak

If you're comfortable with the dressing who cares? Hijab covering for Muslims female is their fundamental right and no one can denied them the right to dress in modesty. The last time I checked, Nigeria is a secular state. It's a dangerous precedent. Sociopath.. Please kindly remove the wig and gown, that belong to legal profession, Stop making mockery of the legal profession, Wear you juju attire as much as you desire

It's ok with me if he wants to wear this, but wearing it to protest hijab is bigotry. How are we so sure those that make that law are true worshipers of Islam? How are we so sure that law is done to favour Islam? How are we so sure all this is not masterminded by our leaders to get us knocking head against each others? When the continue their looting.

God bless you my man I warned this will happen. Who told U your religion is the right one? Muslim,Christian and the traditional worshipers everyone believes his religion is the acceptable one from God, trouble no man for his believe, let anyone serve whichever God that favour him/her as the law permit,let face our evil leaders

Our government and their wisdom 😃 😀 They did this to get us distracted again,we are here arguing about religion nonsense that never help our nation,they are there planning the next step to steal our nation money for themselves and their unborn generation, let be wise my people

Lol🤣🤣🤣 serve it to them hot hot. His right should be reserved too, he is a traditional Religious man F**l man U will be confronted, u have poor understanding of the law. I really support you sir, I Stand with you Sir 👍 Very Soon We go dey see Sango Dress Code What exactly is the issue/problem with this hijab wearing? How is it a concern, hence the protest?

sango dress code go surface very soon If you read the interview carefully he has a point, let's shift beyond religion in fairness what he is spearheading is a revolution for fairness and secularism. Women lawyers have been putting on small hijab in Nigeria long before now, he's never protested but sentimentally because of the ruling on children Muslim wearing small hijab to school he's going Mad. Naija for black people 😂😂

impressive. Religion and faith issues ought to be personal and private. Making them a state or political issue is an invitation for anarchy and religious violence. I support it Misplaced activism! .. , that headline is misleading Kai jahilce chuta nai wallahi, ance musa hijab, su mai akace kur su sa? Continue Mr lawyer, I doubt they the judges will confront you. The embarrassment is yours. However, I expect him to know that hijab is just a veil covering over a FEMALE head, not a religious robe!

I support his movement. This country is always one sided, everything seems to work in favour of Muslims. Naija na cruise wahala don jamvahulence for nijeria

If its in Biafran Nation the judges won't confront you This man didn't say he is protesting against hijab judgement. He is only exercising his right Love this man I implore him to continue wearing dis costume not only to court Buh also to puplic place effortlessly, as our sisters do wear Hijab...Nd let’s see wu e go tire first

Is he a traditionalist? Why can't he wear a Cossack at best? So Christianity can not compete with Islam, what they are now using is haberlist atire. This is how u people misinformed people, this man never said he is protesting against hijab ,he said he just following the proceedings of the judgment by the Supreme Court . I listen to his interview

Judgement has been passed and he can keep on protesting till eternity. When the system leaves you no choice getting comical can get their attention faster than a full-blown protest. This will get the Nation to rethink its ways. If you like go naked 😜🤠 This is what legal practice is about. Back in the day, it is the NBA that would be setting jurisprudence right but now, they're fixated with stamp and seal. God bless and keep this LAWYER

Sec 38 of the constitution is not absolute. Yes,you have freedom of expression, there's also the rules of professional conduct for lawyers which by virtue of your enrollment you are mandated to comply with. Judges will not be out of place to deny you an audience in court. Who says you should not dress this way. You are on your fucking own. Continue being fetish all you can

The lawyer is still within is right nobody should say otherwise. We need to understand that… All I see here is perception,what the law placed can actually be interpreted by anyone. If U think wearing hijab is a step to islamize the country you might be right,since that's the picture in ur head but why is wearing suit and tie hasn't been interpreted as recolonization?

Perfect , it is only our tradition that can solve Nigeria issues not by law ... 💪💪💪 I support this.. Since all of us are mad I'm this country. You’ve made your point, unless we learn to tolerate and accommodate each other we won’t move forward right from the time that girl refused to use her wig during the Law school induction that’s when I knew that extremist and Jihadist have hijack the Judiciary

Na your client go suffer,.. when you loose 50 cases back to back....you Will wear what you wore to law school To think Muslims would care what he wears to work is funny, hijab for Muslims is a way of life, so he should wear whatever he feels like to work. Let him just make it a way of life and not selective with it. Let him wear it out to anywhere. We believe he is a traditionalist and he be consistent.

Judge go fear juju Aswear if this man get juju for real When next you go, try the bear chested traditional attire sir... The judges will silently be regretting their decision but won't come out to say it... They will rather be looking for which rat 🐀 to bell 🔔 the cat 🐈... 😅😅😅😅😅 Not only to court, he should wear it to wherever he's going because that is what Hijab essentially means for Muslim women. Our hypocrisy in this country is hounding us in no small way.

Walk naked, we no send. Just live and let's live is all we are saying. Punch newspaper fueling violence. Never mentioned protest Yes o! Let the craze go round. I’m happy to See this . I’m a Muslim but the only thing I can say here is , if you want a country with different ethnics , believes tribes . Don’t be disgusting to see things like this . I suppose a country like that a free one .

I support you. you're really a human right lawyer. As Nigerians we are equal before the law. Mr. Lawyer, nobody is confronting you, carry on. Kantinu... If you like, you fit waka naked sef... Na your wahala.

You are my man. Yes o everyone should have the same equal right to do or wear what he or she want...I stand strong with you sir...✊ You do not need any confrontation my dear BABALAWO Lawyer, just be yourself and not sound stupid. Did he ever mentioned that he was protesting in any of his interviews? Malcom Omirhobo is testing the constitution He is calling minds capable of thinking to think Malcom Omirhobo is doing us all a favour.

Normally, even if he puts on only pants and sandals, no body send am. Practice your believe and allow everyone practice their's in peace. Abi the Hijab dey strangle your progress? For a profession that revere knowledge, he seem fundamentally ignorant. Very good. Thanks thanks My Urhobo Father❤️ Na Attention u want , and we will not give u 🤣🤣🤣

Way to go my broda kudos 👏

Why Don't he have children? He's not protesting against hijab...rather observing what the law placed 😆 Lol 😂 you the judges to get scared of your charm. This is hysterical. That's the spirit, me move 🚶🚶🚶💪💪🤝 Abegii continue my brother

Hijab crisis: Kwara Muslims want schools’ names changed Let’s talk about the Supreme Court judgment that you are protesting against.Demystification of Supreme Court is Nigeria’s shame “Because I am a traditionalist and this is the way I worship.Supreme Court dressed in a traditional worshipper’s attire.EXTRA: Lawyer appears in supreme court dressed as ‘juju priest’ — after hijab verdict Author: June 23, 2022 2:07 PM Malcolm Omirhobo, a Lagos -based human rights lawyer, on Thursday appeared before the supreme court dressed as a traditionalist.

We understand that the Supreme Court based its verdict that Muslim pupils can wear hijab on Section 38 of the constitution. Do you think the Supreme Court misinterpreted the law? My position is that in reaching that decision the Supreme Court did not take into consideration the provision of Section 10 of the same constitution, which makes Nigeria a secular state.” Reacting, a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ibadan, Francis Egbokhare, told The PUNCH that the lawyer’s action exposed the ridiculousness that is sometimes associated with law. Section 38 of the constitution that the Supreme Court relied upon is a private right as opposed to Section 10, which is about public interest or right. He tied a red wrapper around his waist as a replacement for grey trousers lawyers usually wear as part of their uniform. And if that is the case, Section 10 has diluted the individual’s right provided for in Section 38. “For instance, if dress code does not matter, or if you are to modify a dress code, the question is what are the boundaries or limitations, and where do you draw the line?” Advising the lawyer, Egobkare said, “I think it will be a good thing for him to test it further because this is a comic relief so far. When you come to a public place, you have to put your religion aside, as long as it is going to affect other parties. His black trousers, which he rolled up just below his knees, had his shirt neatly tucked within them.

It is important for us to know what secularity is all about.” Tags:. “I have been missing all along until the Supreme Court gave the judgment on Friday. Secularity means a society that is devoid of religion, both in government and public places. That is to say, any religion should not be discussed in the public space. In Nigeria, we start events with prayers. He said if the school pupils can wear hijab, the mode of their worship, to school, any attempts to stop him to appear in his faith’s attire would amount to a violation of his fundamental right. Why do we pray? Does the white man pray before he starts any occasion? The mistake some people continue to make is saying female American soldiers wear the hijab..

Do we practise the same constitution? We don’t have the same history and composition. We started this country (Nigeria) based on a negotiated unity and one of the pillars of our negotiation to be one indivisible and indissoluble Nigeria is that Nigeria will be a secular country. “I had a nice time in court before my lords,” the lawyer said, adding that the Justices of the Supreme Court were pleased with his dressing. If the founding fathers knew that one day they would not be able to associate freely or that they would be tagged as blasphemers, be lynched and burnt, do you think they would have agreed to the idea of one Nigeria? So, some groups of people should not shift the goalpost at this point. If Nigeria must be united as one, the secularity is an essential ingredient. And the Supreme Court should have taken very seriously the secularity of Nigeria when it was passing that judgment. He expressed his gratitude to the Supreme Court and encouraged the police, those in the Army, the Navy, doctors and others to also dress in their mode of religion in their places of work.

The case was decided by a seven-man panel of the Supreme Court before the majority decision was reached in favour of hijab. Don’t you think the Supreme Court must have considered all your arguments before reaching this decision? There could have also been an oversight. I believe the lawyers who represented the Lagos State Government didn’t put forward a good argument. The case involved the Lagos State Government as the appellant and Asiyat AbdulKareem (through her father), Moriam Oyeniyi, and the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria as the respondents. You know the lackadaisical attitude of civil servants. The court probably did not consider the need for Section 10.

The Lagos State Government did not do a good job and the court did not do a good job because it ought to have made its own input by saying that the right of society is greater than the right of an individual. Ordinarily, the court should be adventurous enough to go outside the box and take a stand on issues. The Supreme Court erred when it did not consider Section 10 and Section 38 together. Even if you look at Section 45 that says nobody’s rights should be toyed with except there is a law passed for the public interest, morality and security, that right can be derogated. The court erred by saying no law says that pupils should not wear hijab.

In a way, it is correct but the court did not read the constitution as a book. It should have taken Section 10 into consideration. What are your fears about this judgment and its enforcement? My fear is that this judgment will worsen the disunity in the country. When you enter a public school in those days, you wouldn’t know who was a Christian or a Muslim and that is why what pupils wear in school is called a uniform. But imagine a teacher, maybe a fanatical Christian, coming into a class and seeing a pupil with a hijab; that could get the teacher annoyed and think she is a terrorist.

If the teacher is a Muslim and the female pupil does not have a hijab on, the teacher could see that pupil as an infidel. That brings about disunity and hatred, suspicion and jealousy and unnecessary rivalry. With this judgment, female Muslim pupils will be identified by physical appearance, not by name. It brings about ethno-religious conflict and Nigeria is already heated; Muslims are telling Muslims not to vote for Christians; and Christians are telling Christians not to vote for Muslims. So, only secularity can water down this time bomb but the Supreme Court judgment did not help matters because, at the end of the day, the Muslims will always cite its decision in every related matter and even when the matter is not related.

So, it is a dangerous thing because Christians will feel oppressed that gradually, the country is being taken away from them. So, the Supreme Court must reverse itself for the unity and progress of this country. As of today, fear or suspicion about Islamisation is still a factor. Nigeria is going the way of Turkey; you will no longer see Christians in Nigeria soon with the way they are going. There is genocide in the North.

It is wrong. What we should be pursuing is our happiness in a prosperous society. We are looking for a society where what matters to us is good welfare, not religion. Religion won’t take us anywhere. Look at the states practising Sharia; they are extremely poor; the people are suffering.

Of course, it is said that religion is the opium of the people. So, what do you expect? You’re demanding that the Supreme Court should reverse the judgment. Are you not asking for the impossible, knowing that the Supreme Court’s decisions are final? The Supreme Court can reverse its decision. Let me give you an instance, which has become a locus classicus. In those days of (the late) Abraham Adesanya, when it was said that one could not pursue public interest cases, (the late) Gani (Fawehinmi) changed the system and it opened the doors.

So, the court moved away from Abraham Adesanya era to Gani era, even though some judges are taking us back to the Abraham Adesanya era. But that was an instance when the court reversed itself. And in that spirit, we will pursue this particular case. That decision must be reversed when similar cases go before the Supreme Court. If anybody challenges me, I will challenge them and the case will go to the Supreme Court.

Before now, you filed a suit demanding that the Arabic inscriptions on the naira notes be removed; in another suit, you demanded that the Arabic inscription on the Nigerian Army’s insignia should be removed; now your protest against the Supreme Court’s judgment permitting hijab in public schools. Are you not worried that you might be creating an impression that you are anti-Islam? I am not anti-Islam. I believe in the unity of Nigeria. I love Nigeria as a country. I saw Nigeria when even N1 was valuable.

I want Nigeria to be one and one of the pillars of this oneness is secularity. I am preaching secularity, nothing more, nothing less. I am not anti-Islam. Anybody that says I am anti-Islam is being unfair. I want a level playing field for all religions, and not a situation where one religion will have an edge over the others.

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