- The federal government has been asked to immediately establish Ecclesiastical Courts in the country
- This is the position of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Kano during Public Hearings on the Review of the 1999 Constitution
- According to CAN, having Sharia courts without ecclesiastical courts is marginalisation which will not be accepted
Kano, Kano state - In what will excite some people and annoy others, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has made a request from the federal government.
The religious body requested for the immediate establishment of Ecclesiastical Courts in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by CAN’s chairman in Kano state, Reverend Adeolu Adeyemo, Daily Trust.
He made the request at the House of Representatives Public Hearings on the Review of the 1999 Constitution (As amended) taking place in Kano.
Also, Bauchi state chapter of the association called for the establishment of ecclesiastical courts in the constitution.
It said it is wrong to have Sharia Courts and Sharia Commission without a having Ecclesiastical Courts and Commission.
It described having only sharia court as a great marginalization and discrimination against Christians.
According to the body, the court will attend to the yearnings of Christian citizens.
Ecclesiastical court is a court where Christian Canon laws are applied and are an instrument of judicial administration in the same way as Islamic laws are an instrument of judicial administration in Sharia Courts.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Islamic human rights group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has declared support for the proposal to kick-start Sharia law in the southwest region of the country.
MURIC's director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, made the stance of the group known in a statement released on Saturday, May 29, and seen by Legit.ng. Professor Akintola specifically warned the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) to mind its own business.
He was reacting to a warning issued by the PFN on Thursday, May 27 rejecting any move by any group to introduce Sharia law to the southwest region through the ongoing constitutional review being carried out by the Senate.
Also, the PFN called on the National Assembly to avoid being influenced to approve the enactment of Sharia law in the southwest.
According to the religious organisation, the entire nation will go through another round of serious crises if the Islamic legal system finds its way into the Nigerian constitution.
PFN's president, Bishop Wale Oke, advised the legislature not to be susceptible to evil-minded fellows whose aim is to further ruin the country.
Similarly, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned the Senate against bringing injunctions and practices of any religion in the country into Nigeria’s constitution.