A human rights lawyer, Malcom Omirhobo, on Thursday, attended proceedings on the Supreme Courtroom wearing a conventional worshipper’s apparel.
Mr Omirhobo, who appeared in court docket with white chalk-drawn round his proper eye, had feathers caught to his wig and cowry bracelets round his wrists.
He wore his black robe over a white inside shirt with a gourd and cowries dangling on his chest.
He tied a pink wrapper round his waist as a alternative for gray trousers legal professionals normally put on as a part of their uniform.
The barefooted lawyer additionally had two yellow bell bracelets round his two ankles.
Mr Omirhobo, who described himself as a traditionalist, mentioned he was motivated to look in court docket within the uncommon apparel by final week’s judgement of the Supreme Courtroom affirming the rights of Muslim feminine pupils to attend faculty in hijab in Lagos faculties.
“I’ve been lacking all alongside till the Supreme Courtroom gave the judgment on Friday. I interpreted the judgement as a choice that ensures our rights beneath Part 38 of the structure,” he mentioned in an interview with Channels Tv after Thursday’s proceedings.
He mentioned if the varsity pupils can put on hijab, the mode of their worship, to highschool, any makes an attempt to cease him to look in his religion’s apparel would quantity to a violation of his elementary proper.
“I felt assured to look on the Supreme Courtroom in my non secular apparel of worship and any try to cease me from dressing like this might be a violation of my proper, freedom of thought, conscience and faith,” he added.
Mr Omirhobo, whose photos of him seated along with his uncommon apparel in court docket circulated on-line on Thursday, mentioned he attended court docket as an amicus curia“a buddy of the court docket” and to watch proceedings.
“I had a pleasant time in court docket earlier than my lords,” the lawyer mentioned, including that the Justices of the Supreme Courtroom had been happy along with his dressing.
“I went there and sat earlier than my lords, they usually had been happy with my look till they should reconstitute,” he mentioned.
Mr Omirhobo mentioned the apparel could be his mode of dressing to court docket in all his future appearances and guarantee his kids additionally gown to court docket in the identical approach.
He expressed his gratitude to the Supreme Courtroom and inspired the police, these within the Military, the Navy, docs and others to additionally gown of their mode of faith of their locations of labor.
Supreme Courtroom judgement
The Supreme Courtroom had in a judgement delivered on June 17, 2022, granted using hijab by feminine Muslim college students in government-owned faculties in Lagos.
The case concerned the Lagos State Authorities because the appellant and Asiyat AbdulKareem (via her father), Moriam Oyeniyi, and the Muslim College students’ Society of Nigeria because the respondents.
Mr Omirhobo, who was barefooted with feathers connected to his wig acknowledged that the choice of the Apex Courtroom might be utilized to each different faith.
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