The bill calling for the criminal aspects of Islamic Sharia law like flogging, amputations and the rest [AKA islamization] is about to be implemented in our legal system.
I was even more perplexed because not one Christian in the Federal House of Representative objected the bill.
The Speaker of the House, Hon Yakubu Dogara, said the bill will move to committee level where it will be fully discussed.
Truth is: “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 second reading 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.
It was the same thing that happened in 1988 Constituent Assembly that produced the 1989 Constitution, which never took off.
In the 1988 Constituent Assembly, General Ibrahim Babangida 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.
Muslims, under President 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.
Christians have always maintained that governments are to be neutral in all matters of religion.
These are some of the issues that make some of us to take with a pinch of salt the claims that PMB 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
Please take all steps available to u to let this be known in higher hierarchy of the church, PFN & CAN. We must not be docile.