Malcolm Omirhobo, is one Nigerian, currently protesting against what may be rightly called a miscarriage of Justice.
Supreme Court, the apex court in Nigeria had ruled for people to wear hijab, a particular mode of dressing, associated with Muslim faithfuls, to attend any public school, specifically, in Lagos State.
This is not to say, the Supreme Court judgement or interpretation of the Nigeria law is not applicable in other states.
Irked by the Supreme Court judgement, and its questionable sagacity to common wisdom, a senior lawyer and a human rights activist, Malcolm Omirhobo, stormed the Supreme Court recently, in Abuja with a mode of dress, associated with Juju priests or Babalawo(s).
Omirhobo stated that he needed to dress according to his religion to observe proceedings at the Supreme Court since the apex court had ruled that it is the right of every Nigerian to dress to any public place in their own religious attire.
Omirhobo while reacting to his critics, fellow lawyer who felt, it was wrong of him, to put on a mode of dress, against the code of conducts of the legal profession, to attend proceedings at the Supreme Court, said as excerpted below:
While Malcolm Omirhobo continued to wear his juju or Babalawo like mode of dress to court, another Lawyer created a scene in Anambra state.
The lawyer,Ogbachalu Goshen appeared in court, putting on a pastoral robe.
The dress code, as it was gathered, caused a drama.
The lawyer dressed as Reverend Father to attend proceedings at the Okpoko magistrate court in the Ogbaru Local Government Area, near Onitsha, Anambra State, on Thursday.
We learnt, the court proceedings, presided by Her Worship, C.B Mbaegbu, were on, until a matter was called up and Goshen announced his appearance as a defence counsel.
“When the Magistrate told him he cannot appear and address the court in that regalia, he objected, citing the recent Supreme Court judgement that gave female students the backing to wear hijab in public schools as a precedent.
“As the Magistrate stood her ground that he cannot appear in her court in that mode of dressing, Goshen also insisted that it was his right and that the objection by the Magistrate was an infringement on his fundamental rights as enshrined in Section 38 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“As the arguments continued with both the Magistrate and the lawyer refusing to shift ground, the Magistrate rose, thereby forcing the court to dismiss immediately.
“Various lawyers and people who came for different matters filed outside as the Magistrate immediately entered her car and drove off.
“But in an interview, Goshen justified his actions and said that the incident had already become a constitutional matter since the Supreme Court made such a ruling.
“He said the court should also answer what will happen when a female Muslim lawyer enters the court in her hijab.
“He said that he is an ordained pastor and should also be allowed to appear that way in court since the Supreme Court has decided.
“Asked whether the ruling is in the best interest of the judiciary, he said that for now, it remains a precedent that must be obeyed”, media reports.
In a most recent interview with the BBC, Malcolm Omirhobo said that the Supreme Court erred in its ruling, because, the Constitution of Nigeria forbids state or government authority from any act of secularity.
He said the Constitution does not allow government to be involved in religion.
The BBC interview is embedded below.