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.
The case has attracted significant attention on social media.
A female Instagram user said Ms Firdaus was within her rights.
She was my sis roommate and i knee her using hijab, its her right.This isn't too much, I wonder what type of country we find ourselves in. Why won't they call her to bar cos she used a small hijab. Wen did dressing in a modest way become a crime. #istandwithfirdaus #justiceforfirdaus #justiceleague #callfirdausa #muslimnotterrorist
One Twitter user, Juliet 'Kego, said it was an example of sexism in Nigerian society.
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...?— Juliet 'Kego (@julietkego) December 15, 2017
BTW, women were NOT allowed to wear trousers in US congress till In 1969..
However, Tobechukwu Ekwunife said Ms Firdaus should respect the no-hijab rules of the law school.
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