The Nigerian Law School has rescheduled the dates for the screening of students who successfully passed the Bar Part II final examination, Muslim News can confirm.
The new dates, according to the statement signed by the school management, are between Thursday, July 22 and Saturday, July 24, 2021.
The rescheduling followed a strong message issued by Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), calling on the authorities of the Nigerian Law School not to fix examination during Eid-ul-Adha celebration.
MURIC, in the message signed by its director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, described the initial dates Monday, July 19 to Wednesday, July 21, 2021 set by the Law School as anti-Muslim.
“By sandwiching Sallah day between its two screening dates, Law School has deliberately created inconvenience for its fresh Muslim graduates as well as its Muslim staff. The school has also encroached upon the public holiday declared by the Federal Government,” the group said.
“It is a most unfriendly, uncharitable and unhospitable act. It is undisguised manifestation of malice and an open declaration of hostility against Nigerian Muslims. How on earth are Muslims involved in the screening exercise expected to join their families to mark the Sallah, particularly those who have to travel long distances?
“The action of the Law School constitutes a gross violation of Allah-given fundamental human rights of Muslim candidates who are expected to attend the screening. It is unlawful, illegal, illegitimate and unconstitutional to fix any official function, exercise, examination or screening on a public holiday.
“Law School can be challenged in a court of competent jurisdiction by any Muslim candidate who missed the screening, particularly on 21st July, 2021 because it is a public holiday. Any screening done on a recognised public holiday can be declared null, void and of no validity whatsoever,” the statement said, in part.
The management, however, noted that the Law School office will be open to candidates who still wish to be screened on the earlier scheduled dates between 9.00 am – 4.00 pm daily, (July 19 – 21, 2021).
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