Sharia Law: What Sultan Told Batch ‘B’ Stream II Corps Members

Sharia Law: What Sultan Told Batch ‘B’ Stream II Corps Members

  • Non-Muslim NYSC corps members have been told by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar, that Sharia law is not binding on them
  • The Sultan assured corps members that there is no cause for alarm as their safety and security is assured
  • Meanwhile, corp members have been urged to respect the customs and traditions of their host communities

Sokoto - Corp members of the 2022 Batch ‘B’ Stream 11 of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Sokoto state have been told that the Sharia law is not binding on non-Muslim copers.

As reported by the Punch newspaper, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar, made comments on Thursday, August 4, while addressing some selected corps members in his palace.

Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar, NYSC
Sultan Muhammad Abubakar urged corp members to remain law-abiding and respect the culture and traditions of their host community. Photo: Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar
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The Sultan assured non-Muslim corps members not to be alarmed as their safety is fully guaranteed during their one-year stay in the national service.

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He further noted that non-Muslim corps members have the utmost freedom to practice any religion of their choice for as long as they will be staying in Sokoto state.

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The Sultan harped that Sharia law will not be forced on anyone and that nobody would be coerced to join Muslims against his or her wish.

He said:

“In Sokoto, Sharia law is only binding on Muslims, nobody will force you to wear Hijab or force you to obey Islamic laws if you are not a Muslim."

Sultan urges corpers to respect culture of host communities

He, however, urged corp members to remain law-abiding and go about their daily activities to serve the nation like every other good citizen.

The Sultan further urged them to have the utmost regard for the customs and traditions of the host communities in other to avoid frictions and misconceptions.

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He said:

“If you have a problem at the place of your primary assignment or where you are posted to, contact the district head over there; they are your guardians in the community."

Meanwhile, the NYSC state coordinator, Alhaji Muhammad Nakamba described the new crop of corp members as exceptionally disciplined and obedient to the core.

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In another development, there are calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the NYSC trust fund bill.

A group of concerned social activists known as the Centre for Social Justice, Equity, and Transparency made this call on behalf of the NYSC.

The group noted that the bill will address inclusive growth in Nigeria as well as an infrastructural deficit in orientation camps.

Nigerian Senate passes NYSC Trust Fund bill had earlier reported that lawmakers of the Ninth Senate on Tuesday, June 21, passed a bill to establish the National Youth Service Trust Fund.

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The NYSC Trust Fund Bill 2022 and three others were passed by the Senate for concurrence.

The House of Representatives had earlier passed the Bill after the adoption of the recommendations by the House Committee on Youth Development, chaired by Yemi Adaramodu.


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