Nigerian lawyer appeared in court dressed in traditional worshiper’s regalia

On Thursday, a lawyer at Nigeria’s top court attracted attention by dressing according to his traditional religion.

It was unusual for Malcolm Omoirhobo to appear in court with a wig, robe, white patch under his right eye, a gourd around his neck, a feather, and a crimson fabric around his waist.

He said, with a tinge of irony, that he donned the clothing to express “thanks” to the Supreme Court, which on Friday ruled in favor of Muslim female students wearing the hijab in government-run schools in Lagos.

The state’s ban on hijabs in public schools was found by the court to be biased against Muslim students.

The Supreme Court’s decision, according to Mr. Omoirhobo, reaffirmed the freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.

“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.

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