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Hijab Ruling: Lawyer causes stir at Supreme Court; appears in herbalists’ attire

Mr Omoirhobo said he dressed to court in that manner to exercise his fundamental human rights following the recent Supreme Court judgment on Hijab wearing.

• June 23, 2022

Human Rights lawyer Malcolm Omoirhobo caused a melodrama at the Supreme Court on Thursday as he appeared in a full traditional attire of an “Olokun priest” to attend court proceedings.

The “Olokun’ deity, worshipped mainly in the southwestern part of the country is associated with wealth, prosperity and abundance.

The Lagos-based activist said he dressed to court in that manner to exercise his fundamental human rights following the recent Supreme Court judgment that allowed all Nigerians to express their way of worship and the use of hijab in schools and public places.

Mr Omoirhobo who robed in traditional attire to look like an herbalist gained entry into the court barefooted with feathers attached to his wig.

He also wore a gourd on his necklace with cowries and a red wrapper tied around his waist.

The attorney maintained he has the right to come to the court in his traditional regalia without any harassment in line with the judgment.

Court proceedings were abruptly stopped as the presiding justice suddenly announced, after sighting Mr Omoirhobo, that justices would be going on a short recess.

Though it could not be immediately ascertained what was responsible for the short break.

The situation attracted a large crowd who thronged the courtroom to catch a glimpse as people were seen using their mobile phones to take his pictures.

Mr Omoirhobo said he was very grateful to the apex court for the very resounding decision that promotes Section 38 of the Constitution.

“That is our right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, we are free to express our way of worship in our schools and in our courts. That decision was reached on Friday and that has encouraged me.

“Because I am a traditionalist and this is the way I worship.

“Based on the decision of the Supreme Court this is how I will be dressing henceforth in court because I am a strong adherent to “Olokun” the god of rivers.”

He said the implication of the judgement was that every Nigerian, including doctors, police, military students, and journalists, can now wear their mode of worship in public places.

Mr Omoirhobo added that he was not against the judgement rather he was happy with the decision because it strengthened and enriched the rights of all Nigerians as stipulated in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. 

(NAN)

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