JUST IN:We Are No longer Comfortable with Christianity Constitution anymore, give us Sharia Law — MURIC Support CJN Mohammed Decision.
MURIC director, Ishaq Akintola
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has reacted to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Muhammad Tanko’s call for constitutional amendments to accommodate some peculiarities of Sharia law which have been ignored for so long.
The CJN made the statement while declaring open the 20th Annual Judges Conference at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State, yesterday.
The CJN was represented by Justice Muhammad Danjuma, the Grand Khadi of Niger State.
MURIC backed the CJN’s suggestion, adding that the current constitution was a child of British colonial Christianize of the country which had failed to take into consideration the multi-religious nature of the Nigerian nation.
MURIC stated this in a statement issued on Friday by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
The statement read, “The CJN has our full backing on this. The British colonial government bequeathed a legacy of Christianize to the Nigerian nation. Muslims were not comfortable with it but the British did not listen.
“The British did not give a damn. The Northern Muslims resisted and the British invaded the North.
“Muslim resistance was brutally broken by the ruthless massacre
“Christian women enjoy the monopoly of recruitment into the army, navy, police, civil defence, traffic wardens, immigrations, customs, etc but Muslim women cannot because those uniformed agencies will not recruit users of hijab. Yet Muslim police women and soldiers use hijab in Britain, United States, Ireland, etc. Female Muslim graduates therefore remain jobless and impoverished while their Christian counterparts smile to the banks.
“Yet it was not so ab initio. It was the British Christian colonialists who changed the system to favour Christians only. This is not good enough and we need to sit down like neighbours to renegotiate our nationhood.
“It is always better to jaw-jaw than to war-war. If we all condemn the Boko Haram style, what alternative have we put forward?
“MURIC therefore embraces the CJN’s idea of the need for constitutional amendment. It is even belated. It is part of restructuring.
“We hope the restructuring camp will welcome the CJN’s idea because it is not going to be about Muslim demands alone but a comprehensive one. We call for objectivity in this matter.