THE condemnation of a Nigerian person, 22-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, to death by a Kano Sharia court over blasphemy revives the concern regarding the genuine status of the criminal element of Sharia Law under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
On October 27, 1999, previous Zamfara State Guv, Ahmad Sani (Yeriman Bakura), introduced the complete Sharia Law hence including the criminal codes of the Islamic jurisprudence, contrary to the Constitution. Today, complete Sharia is being implemented in 12 Northern states Zamfara, Kano, Sokoto, Katsina, Bauchi, Jigawa, Borno, Kebbi, Yobe, Kaduna, Niger and Gombe.
It just apparently uses to Muslims. Sharif-Aminu, an artist, was founded guilty of blasphemy versus Prophet Mohammed by an Upper Sharia Court in Kano commanded by Khadi Aliyu Mohammed Kani on Monday, August 10, 2020. The found guilty has the right of appeal.
The primary problem here is whether a Nigerian person, regardless of his situations of birth, ethnic, spiritual or cultural origin, can be put to death other than through the arrangements of the 1999 Constitution as modified?
Sharia courts in numerous parts of the North have noticable various death sentences on criminal offense suspects, however just one such found guilty, Sani Yakubu, has actually been carried out after trial in a Katsina Sharia Court in 2002 for eliminating a girl and her 2 kids throughout a break-in.
It is baffling that more than twenty years after the adoption of the complete Sharia Law in the 12 states of the North, Nigerians have actually not chosen the nerve to fix the contradiction of enabling a theocratic legal system to unilaterally presume the power to deny some Nigerians their constitutional right to life outside the ambit of our Constitution.
Should this unconstitutional status quo be permitted to continue? Does it indicate that any part of the nation that summons enough mob power to pass off any legal system of its option outside our constitutional charter is allowed to do so? Have we caught the impunity of may is right?
We deplore the condonement of any practice that disdains our Constitution. The Constitution is the force that binds all Nigerians and provides their typical identity as compatriots. The complete Sharia Law is still invalid under our Constitution. It is yet to be legalised through the procedures of constitution modification and approval by the president.
Up until then, we think about any death sentence or other physical damage checked out on a Nigerian person which is not in accord with our Constitution as an extra-judicial and unlawful act. Nigeria can not declare to be one nation and yet allow an unconstitutional legal system to grow to the point of denying our residents their right to life.
Nigeria is a democracy not theocracy.