Supprising, the human rights lawyer shows up in court in his Olokun-priest attire
Human rights lawyer shows up in court in his Olokun-priest attire, 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 an “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 judicial panel that heard the case, five of the seven participants found in favor of the hijab, while the two contrarians.
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.
According to the ruling, he has the right to appear in court wearing his traditional attire without being harassed, and he defied the police officers and security personnel who approached him to leave.
“I am very grateful to the Supreme Court just last week Friday,” Malcom stated in a statement to the media. “They issued a very resounding verdict that promotes Section 38 of the constitution.
That is the freedom of religion, conscience, and thought that we have. 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 river god, I shall be clothing in this manner going forward in court in accordance with the Supreme Court’s ruling.