Firdaus: Coalition Condemns Court Ruling On Hijab | The Precision


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The Coalition of Islamic Organisations on Justice for Firdausa Amasa Abdulsalam and Hijab-related Matters have expressed shock over the ruling of Justice Anwuli Chikere sitting as Court No. 4 of the Federal High Court, Abuja in Suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/110/2018 between Adeniyi Ojo & 7 Ors vs House of Representatives.

There was a matter filed by eight Christians to stop the public hearing earlier scheduled by the House of Representatives to hold on 14th March, 2018 on the hijab controversy between the Body of Benchers and Miss Firdausa Amasa.

The coalition, an amalgamation of 36 top Islamic groups in Nigeria, considers the ruling as perverse and a travesty of justice and the judge as biased in all regards.

Chairman of the group and National President of the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun, recalled that the eight Christians approached the court and filed the action sometimes on 31st January, 2018 in a clandestine manner.

“Following the application of the Plaintiffs (the eight Christians), the court, moving at the speed of lightening, dished out an order of injunction restraining the House of Representatives from holding the public hearing only few hours to the well-publicised public hearing. Thus successfully halting the public hearing. This was a missed opportunity for the sensitive matter to be addressed by the Nigerian Parliament.

“Against this background, the incorporated trustees of Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative, a registered non-governmental organisation affected by the order of injunction dished out by the court, subsequently approached the court, applying to join the suit as an interested party,” Balogun said.

According to him, in compliance with the rules of the court, the organisation filed all the processes expected of it,  but that the court did not hide its bias since then.


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He said,  “The most absurd aspect of the ruling of the court was where the court relied on section 46 of the Constitution and narrowly interpreted it to suit its agenda by holding among others, that the section refers only to “any person” and not an organisation! The Coalition wonders whether the court suddenly forgot the concept of legal personality.

“We dare say that the grounds relied on by the court in refusing the Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative’s application for joinder are untenable and unsupportable in law.

“We now understand better why the court was quick to grant the order of injunction to restrain the House of Representatives in the first instance even though the motion for injunction filed by the Plaintiff was, at the time, not up to seven days between the date of service and the date same was moved by the Plaintiff.”

Balogun, who said the coalition suspects an unholy alliance working to frustrate the course of justice,wonder what to expect from a Christian judge in an action filed by eight Christians who have nothing to do with hijab and assigned by the Legal Department of the Defendant to another Christian.

“Can this be a mere coincidence? Definitely not! The processes leading to and the entire outcome of the ruling smacks of Islamaphobia, hatred, prejudice and bias,” he said.

He also urged Muslim stakeholders and other lovers of peace and peaceful co-existence to remain calm and law abiding as the coalition take the necessary steps to appropriately challenge  the unjust ruling. (Daily Trust)

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