Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria, MULAN has called for quick amendment of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria to grant state Sharia Courts civil and criminal jurisdictions.
The Muslim legal practitioners stated categorically that, there is systematic abused of rights of Muslims under the present Nigerian legal system.
MULAN stated this in a communique signed by the group’s First Vice President, Dr. Kamal Dawud issued at the end of its 9th Annual National Conference held in Kaduna at the weekend.
While reiterating that, there is abused of the rights of Muslims under the present legal system, the association “therefore calls for quick amendment of relevant provisions of the constitution that are currently inhibiting the practice of Islamic tenets in Nigeria.
“These include section 275, 277, etc of the 199 constitution as amended”.
The lawyers observed that, Nigerians can be categorized into basic religions and it is only fair, just and equitable that each category of people should be allowed to practice their religion to the fullest.
“We are therefore calling on government to grant the Sharia Court of each state both civil and criminal jurisdictions in matters relating to Sharia Law for the Muslims as the present high courts are well seated to the Christians,” it said.
On state of the nation, the association called for good governance and prudent spending of resources as a panacea for poverty eradication and social political dislocation.
While commending the effort of the Federal government in addressing the dwindling economy of the country with a call not to abandon it, MULAN called for good governance and prudent spending of resources as a panacea for poverty eradication, social and political dislocation, deprivation and economic disequilibrium which are all harbingers of bad governance.
According to MULAN, “Deprivation and economic disequilibrium are all harbingers of bad governance. We therefore frown at how opportune individuals are mismanaging the people’s common wealth”.


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