Nigeria: Bill Seeking To Make Sharia A Federal Law Quietly Passes 2nd...

Nigeria: Bill Seeking To Make Sharia A Federal Law Quietly Passes 2nd Reading [MUST READ]

By Opinions | The Trent on October 29, 2016
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I was shocked to watch the live proceedings of the House of Representatives as covered by NTA2 and saw that the bill calling for the criminal aspects of Islamic Sharia law to be implemented in our legal system in Nigeria at the Federal and states passed the second reading on Thursday, October 28, 2016.

I was even more shocked because even though there were many Christians in the House no one raised an objection!

The Speaker of the House, Hon Yakubu Dogara, who presided over the proceedings said that what this meant was that it would now move to committee level where it will be discussed fully before the House would decide on it finally, but it is curious that not even one voice of dissent was aired against it!

I waited till 9pm to hear what NTA Network news would report about it, but there was a blackout of reportage about it!

Of course, other issues discussed and decided in the House on same day were reported but not this one! The bill to amend the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to make provision for the full implementation of Sharia Criminal law at the federal and states legal system has passed the second reading in the House of Representatives and no one is telling Nigerians what is happening!

For all we know, when a bill passes the second reading unchallenged in parliament it is almost as good as passed.

Long before the 2nd Republic, Muslim leaders in Nigeria have always agitated for the full implementation of Sharia in Nigeria. Nobody has forgotten the hot debates that took place in the Constituent Assembly of 1978 about the place of Sharia in the 1979 Constitution.

Christian members kicked against the full implementation of full Sharia because non-Muslims would fall victim of this law. In the end, a compromise was reached that the Sharia Personal Law be allowed, not the criminal aspects.

The same thing that happened in 1988 Constituent Assembly that produced the 1989 Constitution, which never took off. In fact, in the 1988 Constituent Assembly, General Ibrahim Babangida, then Nigeria’s self-styled military president, had to stop all debates relating to Sharia and other sensitive issues when he saw how inflammable the debates were becoming, and retained the status quo.

The 1999 Constitution drew much from both the 1979 and 1989 Constitutions and retained Sharia Personal law.

Now, Muslims, under President Muhammadu Buhari have surreptitiously attempted to amend the Constitution to insert the full implementation of Sharia without carrying Nigerians along!

Muslim leaders have always argued that Sharia law is meant for Muslims only. But Christians have always refused to buy the argument because in practice, non-Muslims have often been dragged before Sharia courts and have been adjudicated by a legal system repugnant to their faith. Several documented cases abound to prove this.

Besides, Christians have always argued why the government that is supposed to be neutral to all religions should uphold the religious laws of one religion with public funds to the harm of the adherents of other faiths.

These are some of the issues that make some of us to take with a pinch of salt the claims that President Buhari means well for this country. Our job is to bring these issues to the fore to create awareness of what is happening. Whatever happens afterwards is beyond our power. It’s up to you all.

Broadcast this information and please take all steps available to you to let this be known in higher hierarchy of the church, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN.

We must not be docile!

Osita Ike is a concerned Nigerian citizen. 

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

12 COMMENTS

  1. This has always been my fear about this Mohammadu Buhari’s regime, trying to bring Islamic religious system into the government to the detriment of other religions, while Nigeria is operating circular system; with this, I know one day the country will enter into chaos, because many have been raising observation on this sensitive issue apart from marginalization.

  2. In addition, the earlier the better this bill be thrown away and religion be left alone to individuals the peaceful Nigeria will be. Government should concentrate on keeping peace, maintaining law and order, protection of lives and property rather than dragging itself into religious issues. It should only be cautioning religious leaders to preaching tolerance and not violence.

  3. Nta….or whatever it’s Called is…as far as I am concerned….A “fake” Media house. It gets news….edits the news then put it in the former that suits the Fed. Govt. What a shame….if they have decided to shield the deliberations from Nigerians then the have Some things up their sleeve…..it shall never be as easy as that….

  4. Its a terrible thing that Nigeria is adopting Sharia penal code without the consent of The diverse ethnic nationalities and religious groups in the country. ONE can see the Islamisation of Nigeria is already on going. God help us

  5. The government is meant to maintain law and order, regulate activities and not to be involved the favouring one religion over the other. I employ all Nigerians to stand up against this Sharia Law as it will not help the country at the long run. What we need in Nigeria is good working system and not laws that will not help but rather hurt us

  6. Unfortunately the law will favour some people and not favour some people so what kind of law it that. However, we Nigerians don’t need Sharia Law because Nigeria is not a one religious country

  7. Nigerians and Christians, are we still watching? Are we waiting for Buhari and his Islamization agenda to be concluded before we cry out? Nigeria is a liberal nation not an Islamic nation. Let every non Moslem in Nigeria carry placards into the streets to protest against this evil before it gets out of hand. Where are the pastors that were thinking that Buhari would not Islamize Nigeria? I think all churches should be mobilized now against this Buhari wickedness. Bishops, GO’s, CAN, PFN and all arise! The intent is clearer now than when it began, let us not keep silent again. Watch, see, pray and act.

  8. First he wanted to use Herdsmen, second was all gbokoharam from the North and Nigier nd other neighbouring countries to the South as spy’s pretending to be Okada Riders now is using House of Rep. Well let’s see all l know is that God is not asleep.

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