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Islamic Group Tells FG To Create Sharia Courts In Southern Nigeria

An Islamic group, Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria, has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to create a Sharia court in the southern part of the country.

This was made known in a communique on Saturday (7th of August 2021) after the Islamic Group's third national summit. President of the Islamic Group, Lawal Maidoki, and the National General Secretary of the group, Ahmad M.Y, signed the document.

According to the communique made by the group, the main aim of creating the Sharia court in the southern part of Nigeria is to help their Muslim brothers in that area.

Over 50 Christian and Muslim organizations attended the summit. According the Islamic Group, creating a Sharia court in the southern part of the country would help their Muslim brothers and sisters in the south to get justice, just like how Christians in the North have unhindered access to the customary court.

It can be recalled that twelve out of Nigeria's thirty-six states have Islam as the dominant religion. In 1999, those states chose to have Sharia courts as well as Customary courts.

As of 2012, the following 12 states have instituted Sharia: Zamfara State (27 January 2000), Kano State (21 June 2000), Sokoto State, Katsina State, Bauchi State (June 2001), Borno State, Jigawa State, Kebbi State, Yobe State, Kaduna State, Niger State (4 May 2000), and Gombe State.

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