Lagos Muslim community demands Sharia court

Lagos Muslim community demands Sharia court

- As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, electorate have started making requests from candidates just as candidates have started making promises to the latter

- The Muslim community in Lagos on Wednesday, January 9, had an interactive session with the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, where it requested for the establishment of a Sharia court

- The candidate, Owolabi Salis, promised to set up a committee to look into the request if he is elected governor of the state

The clamour for the establishment of a Sharia court that will adjudicate cases concerning Muslims has begun by the Muslim community in Lagos state.

The Muslim community had an interactive session with Owolabi Salis, the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), the Nation reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that the community said the Sharia court is needed “because Muslims’ affairs are being decided by people who know nothing about Islamic laws”.

The governorship candidate, who promised to set up a committee to look into the request if he becomes victorious at the poll, said religious leaders must oppose injustice.

In attendance at the event were Muslim clerics from Ikorodu, Epe, Badagry, Ikeja and other areas in Lagos state.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s gubernatorial candidate in Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, tackled the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s flag-bearer in the state, Jimi Agbaje,.on the mode and nature of the ongoing campaign.

In a statement published on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, and made available to Legit.ng, Sanwo-Olu said that the campaign would deal with issues affecting the lives of Lagosians, adding that the governorship poll would be about who has the best credentials to lead the state.

Agbaje on his official Twitter page had said that the powers that be in Lagos were anti-Igbo, reminding Sanwo-Olu of Oba Akiolu's statement to south easterners in 2015.

In his statement, Sanwo-Olu said: "Fellow Lagosians, my opponent, Mr. Jimi Agbaje had a tweet storm yesterday night where he attempted, though in a very poor manner, to join issues with me on my appearance on TVC yesterday morning.

"My initial reaction was to ignore him. In this campaign season, it behoves on anyone seeking to be governor of Lagos to have an elevated mind. As leaders, we should place a high premium on civility and imbibe a higher level of decorum in a period like this as example to our followers.

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"Our campaign should be about important issues that affect the lives of our people; what we are bringing to the table to make life more meaningful to Lagosians.

"This election will be about who has the best credentials to lead Lagos at this time of our development. It won't be about who can dish out the most insults or tell the most lies. It will also not be about who can instigate ethnic tensions between the Yorubas and the Igbos.

"The election will be about who has the best plan to continue with the progressive and developmental agenda of Lagos that started since 1999."

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