A human rights lawyer, Malcom Omirhobo, attended proceedings Thursday at the Supreme Court dressed in the traditional attire of a worshiper.
Mr Omirhobo, who appeared in court with white chalk drawn around his right eye, had feathers glued to his wig and cowrie bracelets around his wrists.
He wore his black robes over a white undershirt with a pumpkin and snails hanging from his chest.
A red gown was tied around her waist as a replacement for the gray pants that lawyers often wear as part of their uniform.
The barefoot lawyer also had two yellow bell bracelets around both of his ankles.
Omirhobo, who described himself as a traditionalist, said he was motivated to appear in court in the unusual attire by last week’s Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the rights of Muslim schoolgirls to attend school with hijab in Lagos schools.
“I was missing the whole time until the Supreme Court ruled on Friday. I interpreted the sentence as a decision that guarantees our rights under article 38 of the constitution,” he said in an interview with Canales Televisión after Thursday’s trial.
Malcolm Omirhobo says he will appear in court in traditional worshiper garb for all his subsequent court appearances.
She said that if school children are allowed to wear hijab, the mode of her worship, at school, any attempt to prevent her from appearing in the attire of her faith would amount to a violation of her fundamental right.
“I felt confident to appear at the Supreme Court in my cult religious attire and any attempt to prevent me from dressing like this will be a violation of my right, freedom of thought, conscience and religion,” he added.
Omirhobo, whose photos of him sitting in his unusual attire in court circulated online Thursday, said he attended court as a “friend of the court” amicus curia and to observe the proceedings.
“I had a good time in court before my lords,” the lawyer said, adding that the Supreme Court justices were pleased with his attire.
“I went there and sat before my lords, and they were pleased with my appearance until they had to reconstitute themselves,” he said.
Mr. Omirhobo said the outfit would be his way of dressing for court for all his future appearances and ensuring that his children also dress in the same way.
He expressed his gratitude to the Supreme Court and encouraged police officers, those in the Army, Navy, doctors and others to also dress in their religious mode in their workplaces.
Malcolm Omirhobo says he will appear in court in traditional worshiper garb for all his subsequent court appearances. Supreme Court ruling
In a ruling issued on June 17, 2022, the Supreme Court authorized the wearing of the hijab by Muslim students in state schools in Lagos.
The case involved the Lagos State Government as appellant and Asiyat AbdulKareem (through his father), Moriam Oyeniyi, and the Muslim Student Society of Nigeria as defendants.
Mr. Omirhobo, who was barefoot and with feathers attached to his wig, stated that the Supreme Court’s decision can be applied to all other religions.