By Ugochinyere Onyechere
Editor: Prince Richmond C. Amadi | 22nd March 2017
How many Muslims had been tried with the Canon law? How many Muslims have been prosecuted via the Christian law? Does it really mean that Nigeria owes much allegiance to Islam? Does it really mean that Christianity has no foundation in Nigeria? The verdict pronounced on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by Justice Binta Nyako has proven us right once more. On countless time, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had referred Nigeria as an Islamic country. Many had criticized him because he tried to open their eyes for them to see the upcoming situation of Nigeria. Today; here we are. In the 1999 Nigerian constitution, Sharia was mentioned 73 times, Grand Khadi 54 times, Islam 28 times, and Muslim 10 times. There was no mention of Christianity, neither church nor Jesus-Christ in that constitution. Isn’t it enough reason to tag Nigeria an Islamic state? This is the reason the marriage between Biafra and Nigeria can never work out.
In the criminal justice system, the offenses for which Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is charged are federal offenses. Federal offenses are not in the category of offenses that can be tried by a Sharia court. Being charged with federal offenses, the federal high court must resort to the federal laws dealing with such offenses. It will be wrongful for the trial judge to have a resource to Islamic law. It doesn’t matter if Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is a Christian or a Muslim. A competent judge should give reasons at which a federal offense is being tried in a Sharia court. If Binta Nyako should be honest, she must realize that her prudence exuberance towards this case is incapacitated. With all due respect, she needs to go to law school over and over again. She has deliberately disrespected the rule of law. It’s important for her to state clearly if Nigeria is an Islamic country; hence the Sharia law was meant for Muslims.
Sharia is an Islamic legal system and an Islamic government can only apply it. Nigeria was claimed to be a sovereign state with a constitution and a president who is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. The constitution is supreme in Nigeria. If the constitution is superior to Sharia, it means Sharia cannot work, unless they are changing Nigeria to the Islamic Republic of Nigeria. The issue of Sharia domination in Nigeria is now legalized in their constitution; Some gullible fools who calls themselves citizens of Nigeria have relaxed. So-called Christians are jumping from one program to another; from one anointing service to another; from our contribution to another. Sharia had been swift in through the window. Christian Association of Nigeria; CAN are their gallivanting and clamoring for positions. All these are taking place while Nigeria has been automatically upgraded into an Islamic world.
What is Nigeria? What’s the religion Nigeria is known for? These were the questions that keep regulating through my mind since justice Nyako Binta shamefully disgraced and raped justice yet again in the federal high court of Nigeria. While contemplating on this issue, I identified the sole problem of Nigeria; this has been the root to the disunity, ethnic gouges, ethnic clash and the hatred that has taken over the Nigerians citizens. Firstly, Nigeria is just a mere geographical experiment, concocted by the British government to enable them to gain access to our resources using the uneducated Hausa Fulani man. Nigeria is a typical example of hell; SHARIA LAW remains her official religion. This is why Nigeria isn’t working; people of diverse beliefs and thoughts wrongfully merged together all for greed and selfishness. Cursed be the day such contraption was created.
So Nigeria has finally diverted to an Islamic country? It’s awkward and uncalled for, that a non-Muslim citizen will be tried under Sharia law. On the issue of the secret trial, the judge had earlier made a ruling against it, so, therefore; it’s wrong for the same court to overrule itself on the issue. The Nigerian judges had not only shown their impotence; they have a well shown that they are functors official on the matter especially in the absence of an application to the court to vary its earlier order upon some cogent and compelling reasons given on why the court should act in such manner. Justice Nyako Binta had asked the defense counsel to go and study sharia law, meaning that sharia has become official. Asking the defense counsel to go and study Sharia law is no moment in the instance case. In reaction to that, Biafrans are reminding the said Justice Binta Nyako and all other judges that they can’t adjust the judicial post in other to score a goal.
Justice Binta Nyako has acted ultra via her powers or at best, shown manifest bias in the position she adopted in the matter. The most effective mantra to this legal association is for the Nigerian government to adhere to the court orders as earlier ruled to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally. Laws should be respected, and a secret trial against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is just used to elongate the court case. At such, Biafrans in the total agreement would never watch the Nigerian government to judge Nnamdi Kanu with the Sharia law.
Publisher: Udeagha Obasi