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Malcolm Omirhobo Ditches ‘Native Doctor Outfit’, Says ‘I’m led By spirit’

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Last week, the human rights attorney Malcolm Omirhobo made a big impression when he showed up to a Supreme Court hearing dressed like a native doctor.

Malcolm Omirhobo, a human rights advocate and attorney, has abandoned his distinctive African traditional worshipper-like outfit in favor of the standard lawyer’s attire.

Malcolm Omirhobo

Last Thursday, Omirhobo made news when he strolled into a Supreme Court hearing dressed as a lawyer in a black suit, a gourd around his neck decorated with cowries, and a red wrapper fastened around his waist.

He claimed to the media in front of the Supreme Court that his choice of attire was an expression of his fundamental human rights as outlined by a recent ruling of the Supreme Court that allows all Nigerians to practice their religion openly and to wear the hijab in public settings like schools.

Wearing the same “local doctor” garb, he stood before Justice Tijani Ringim on Monday, June 27, 2022, but the judge refused to hear his case.

Was this the rationale behind his Wednesday morning appearance at the Federal High Court in Lagos wearing a full wig, gown, black pants, and shoes? Omirhobo stated that “the spirit” asked him to “go normal” and added that he will don his religious garb once more upon instruction.

The activist stated, “I’m directed by the spirit to go normal today. If you see me tomorrow going the other way, don’t be shocked. Thus, today is typical.


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When questioned about if “the spirit” instruction did not go against the ethics of the legal profession and dress code, Omirhobo said, “What ethics are you talking about? Are you insulting my religion? Don’t try it, don’t insult my religion. The constitution, according to the Supreme Court, says I should dress according to my religious attire and you are insulting the Supreme Court, behave yourself.”

He maintained that he’s a traditionalist and justified his decision with the Supreme Court judgement which ruled in favour of Muslim students wearing hijab in Lagos schools.

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