- Nigeria constitution should be amended to accommodate Sharia law – Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, yesterday said that process should be initiated to amend Nigerian constitution to accommodate Sharia law. Muhammad made this known while declaring the 20th Annual Judges Conference open at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria Faculty of Law’s Moot Court.
The theme of the 2 days conference was, ‘Documentation of Contracts in Islamic Law: Procedure, Sample Precedents and Practice’. The CJN said that the implementation of this plan would involve universities giving the Sharia law its own faculty.
It is pertinent to note that we have about 10 sections of the Nigerian constitution allowing the implementation of the Sharia law. He said that the constitution should be expanded to suit their own position as Muslims.
He said that in view of the importance of the Sharia legal system to the legal profession, Sharia law should be taught in Arabic language and not in English in Nigerian universities. In his words, ‘’There is no university in Nigeria that runs Sharia in Arabic; they all teach Sharia in English. So, academicians let’s also look into this issue.”
Adapted from: DailyTrust
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