- There are fears that if Senator Sani Yerima becomes president of Nigeria, the whole nation will be Islamised
- Yerima, a former governor of Zamfara, will always be remembered as the politician who brought Sharia law into the state
- However, the senator denied claims that his plan is to institute the laws in Nigeria if he is elected president in 2023
A prominent northern senator, Sani Yerima, has declared his interest to run for presidency come 2023 general elections.
Yerima is one politician who has become famous for adopting and promoting the Sharia law while he served as the governor of Zamfara state.
However, during an interview with The Sun, Yerima denied claims that he will implement the same religious agenda if elected president.
Quoting the Nigerian constitution, the senator said every citizen of the country has the freedom of worship in any region of choice.
The former governor also insisted that during his administration, he initiated the Sharia law following due process and satisfying all the necessary legal requirements.
"I didn’t do anything outside the Nigerian constitution; otherwise, the federal government then under President Olusegun Obasanjo would have taken me to the Supreme Court.
"If any governor passes any law that is contrary to the constitution, the federal government can go to the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court will now pronounce that law as unconstitutional and that governor will have some sanctions."
Yerima in clear terms stated that the religious set of laws is only for Muslims, adding that Christians in the country have their rights protected by the nation's constitution.
Meanwhile, Yerima had challenged the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, and other leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who claimed that the party agreed in 2014 that the south would produce the president in 2023.
Yerima said there was no agreement either written or otherwise among founding members of the ruling party for zoning of the presidential ticket.
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