A HUMAN rights lawyer identified as Malcom Omoirhobo was sighted attending court proceedings in an adorned traditional attire of an Olokun priest in Lagos on Thursday.
An eyewitness said the lawyer’s dress caused a mild drama in the court.
Omoirhobo was said to have entered the court barefooted with feathers attached to his wig.
He was also wearing a gourd on his necklace with cowries and a red wrapper tied around his waist.
However, addressing a crowd of onlookers and journalists in the court premises, Omoirhobo said he was exercising his fundamental human rights.
He cited the recent judgment of the Supreme Court that allowed the use of hijab in Lagos public schools.
“I am very grateful to the Supreme Court. Just last week Friday they made a very resounding decision that promotes Section 38 of the Constitution. That is our right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. That we are free to express our way of worship in our schools and in our courts. That decision was reached on Friday and that has encouraged me.
“Because I am a traditionalist and this is the way I worship. Based on the decision of the Supreme Court this is how I will be dressing henceforth in court because I am a strong adherent to Olokun, the god of rivers,” he said.
The lawyer argued that the implication of the Supreme Court judgment was that every Nigerian, including doctors, police and military personnel, as well as students and journalists, can dress according to their mode of worship in public places.
He added that he was not against the judgment.
Rather he said he was happy with the decision because, according to him, it strengthened and enriched the rights of all Nigerians as stipulated in the 1999 Constitution.
The apex court took the decision in its judgment in a case with file number CA/L/135/15, between the Lagos State Government and Asiyat AbdulKareem (through her father), Moriam Oyeniyi and the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria.