Chief Justice Muhammad calls for the amendment of the Constitution to accommodate Shari’a Law

President Muhammadu Buhari and Justice Tanko Muhammad, the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria

Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), has called for the amendment of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to accommodate Shari’a Law.

The CJN noted that if universities gave Shari’a Law its own faculty, its implementation in the constitution would be more feasible.

CJN Muhammad who was represented by Justice Muhammad Danjuma stated this while opening the 20th Annual Judges Conference at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

The conference themed ‘Documentation of Contracts in Islamic Law: Procedure, Sample Precedents and Practice’ was organised by the Centre for Islamic Legal Studies of the institution in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute.

“As we all know, there are sections of the constitution that allow the implementation of Shari’a personal law and apart from that, we cannot do more. However, we have the number to emend the constitution to suit our own position as Muslims,” adding that the increase of judges to be learned in Shari’a would enable them rule on issues regarding the Islamic Law.

“The Shari’a law should be taught in Arabic not English. There is no university in Nigeria that runs Shari’a in Arabic; they all teach Shari’a in English. So, academicians let’s also look into this issue,” he added.

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