On Thursday, there was a small amount of drama in the Supreme Court in Abuja when Malcom Omoirhobo, a human rights attorney from Lagos, caused a commotion by showing up for court sessions dressed entirely in the traditional garb of a “Olokun priest.”
Malcom said that he wore that attire to court in order to exercise his fundamental human rights in response to the Supreme Court’s decision allowing all Nigerians to express their place of worship and the wearing of the hijab in public settings.
Recall that on Friday, the Supreme Court permitted Muslim female students in Lagos State to attend class while wearing the hijab. In the court’s panel that heard the issue, five of the seven participants found in favor of the hijab.
The attorney, who arrived at the courthouse at around 9:05 am, caused a disturbance when other attorneys who had already taken their seats were startled to see him dressed in traditional garb to resemble a herbalist. The attorney who managed to enter the courtroom was wearing feathers in his wig and was barefoot. He was also sporting a scarlet wrapper around his waist as well as a gourd necklace with cowries.
In order to comply with the ruling, he dared the police officers and security personnel who approached him to leave and claimed the right to enter the courtroom in his traditional garb unmolested.
When speaking to journalists, Malcom said: “I am really appreciative of the Supreme Court for its recent decision on Friday, which supports Section 38 of the Constitution. That is the freedom of religion, conscience, and thought that we have. that in both our courts and our schools, we are free to practice our religion as we like. That choice was made on Friday, which gives me hope.
I worship in this manner because I am a traditionalist. Since I am a fervent follower of “Olokun,” the god of rivers, I shall be wearing in this manner going forward in court in accordance with the Supreme Court’s ruling.”