By Prince Richmond C. Amadi
For @Umuchiukwu-writ | 20th March 2017
If one has not lived in Nigeria or taken a time to study jamborees with Nigeria people you may end up taking every bit of word that comes out from average Nigerian serious. Like Nnamdi Kanu will always say "Nigerians don't think", he is right.
I wonder when Shari'a law and English law were adopted into Nigeria constitution. Binta Nyako Making reference to Shari'a Law is an unimaginable attention ever achieved. Binta Nyako stated that she demands that every defending counsel must study Sharia Law, upon which Nnamdi Kanu and others must be tried. She said that Sharia Law will teach Barr. Ejiofor about a secret trial.
My question is, can Shari'a Law be cited to complement Common Law? possibly, if that has to happen it has to be included in Nigeria constitution?
Understanding Shari'a Law and English Law
Sharia law or Islamic law is a set of religious principles which form part of the Islamic tradition. People of different religions who speak Arabic use the word sharīʿah to describe a religious tradition that comes from teachings of prophets. Most Muslims think that sharia should be interpreted by experts in Islamic law.
Common law or English Law is law developed by judges, courts, and similar tribunals, stated in decisions that nominally decide individual cases but that, in addition, have a precedential effect on future cases.
From the above assertions, it's understandable to know that Shari'a laws are widely practiced by Muslim worshippers and it's Islamic traditional religion. So, on no ground should such Law complement Common Laws. Meanwhile, the defendants (Mazi Nnamdi Kanu et al) are no Muslims. They don't belong or pledge allegiance to any Islamic organization.
What Nigeria is practicing is English Law and it goes through common Law (citing past proceedings of court verdicts). Ordinarily, the word "Shari'a" ought not to have been mentioned by such product of Common Law (Justice Binta Nyako)
During the vacation event of Mohammedu Buhari (which took 51 days offshore Nigeria to the United Kingdom) the judicial system of Nigeria had a relief from hostility. It appeared no threat was to befall anyone and majority of unexpected applaudable events took place. New Chief Justice of Nigeria was inaugurated (despite hostile measures accorded to it by Buhari before he was away). Then acting President Osinbajo flexible position (maybe he is Senior Advocate of Nigeria) allow the court to take decisions without the threat of any kind.
Now that Buhari has arrived, new display issued. The court proceedings in the Federal High Court, Abuja on 20/3/2017 on the resumed hearing on the case of 5 count charges bothering on treasonable felony, illegal possession of firearms, defamatory speech against Gen Muhammadu Buhari and belonging/managing of unlawful society, as instituted by Nigeria government against Nnamdi Kanu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.
Then the presiding Judge, Justice Binta Nyako arrived and announced an embargo on journalists from covering the proceedings. She directed the DSS and other security agencies to outrightly deny journalists entrance to witness the court proceedings or drop their media gadgets before entering the court. Binta Nyako stated that she demands that every defending counsel must study Sharia Law, upon which Nnamdi Kanu and others must be tried. She said that Sharia Law will teach Barr. Ejiofor about the secret trial.
Such above actions have strong lines. It depicts that the king kong (Buhari) has arrived. And also depicts that to an extent, the majority of decision making are highly influenced by Buhari. There are no two ways about.
In conclusion, I can only see a ploy to delay the release of Nnamdi Kanu. In any right thinking sense, Binta Nyako has no right to remain these five (5) charges because those quashed invalidates the remaining charges.
And again, if Shari'a Law has to be cited to complement Common Law in Nigeria apex Court that really means Nigeria is stirring a parallel government and automatically declares Nigeria as Islamic nation (entity).
I ask again, between Nnamdi Kanu and Hausa-Fulanis who deserves treasonable Felony Charges (if Islamic tradition and principles have to be followed to ascertain Common Law issues)?
Publisher: Udeagha Obasi