Sharia Law: VP Osinbajo breaks silence, Says ‘Sharia Existed Since 1979’


As bill about Sharia Law is set to pass second reading at the National Assembly, the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said that it is pointless for anyone expressing fear and apprehension over the Islamic legal  code, the Sharia, that it might be foisted on the whole country.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

He made this disclosure yesterday in Lagos, Nigeria  while speaking  at a ‘State of the Nation’ colloquium organised by the Coalition of Nigerian Apostolic Leaders.

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He said: “First of all, it is not right at all that the Federal Government is interested in any Sharia bill.

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Every bill that is a government bill must come from the Attorney- General of the Federation.

“This Sharia bill was presented by somebody within the National Assembly and my understanding is that it has not even passed the second reading.

“But let’s even assume that it did, you can’t change a Nigeria law without a constitution amendment.

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Sharia is in the Constitution since 1979 and it applies to Muslims on issues of marriage, inheritance and others. Any change, whatsoever, cannot come by the way of amendment within the National Assembly, it has to be by Constitutional amendment.

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“Aside from both the Senate and House of Representatives, amendment of Constitution must go to two-thirds of the states; 24 states must say they want it. So, it is not possible, we should not waste our time and energy on it,” he said.


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