Confusion, laughter and curiousity rented the atmosphere at the Supreme Court, Abuja, on Thursday when a Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Malcom Omoirhobo appeared in a traditional manner.
He caused a stir when he wore a full traditional attire of an “Olokun priest” to attend court proceedings.
According to the lawyer, his reason for dressing like that to court was to exercise his fundamental human rights following the judgment of the Supreme Court that allowed all Nigerians to express their way of worship and the use of hijab in schools and public places.
Omoirhobo entered the court premises 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.
The lawyer who addressed journalists said; “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.”