Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has taken to his official Facebook page to run a pictorial expose on the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed on his advocacy for Jihadism in Nigeria.
These allegations are stemmed on the fact that Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed who is a core Islamic has in the past, openly supported the scheme for the Islamisation of Nigeria and the amendment of the Nation-state’s constitution to align with the Islamic (Sharia) laws.
Nigeria since inception has always been a secular state although there have been futile attempts to Islamise her. The attempts in 1986 by the then regime of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida to take her to the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) which led to the abrupt resignation of Air Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe. The Sharia law gained force in Nigeria in the year 2000 when former President Olusegun Obasanjo was President. It gained a strong grip in the north with threats to come down to the south-west where there is a sizeable Muslim population.
It was rather political with pundits opining that it was an attempt to destabilise the government of Obasanjo since the north couldn’t get power through the ballot box it was an attempt to do so through the back door. The law couldn’t make headway since it only affected the poor whose limbs were being cut off while the corrupt wealthy were hailed as the ‘Pillars’ of Islam.
Justice Tanko Mohammed’s statement on the sharia law in the country is rather tragic given the fact that Nigeria is a secular state which even the constitution guarantees. Why the Chief Justice of Nigeria has chosen to desecrate his sacred office to promote religious bigotry is a phenomenon that baffles many. Why he has decided to act like a Grand Khadi rather than the Chief Justice who should be secular and not promote in any way the evil called religious fanaticism only gives face to the fact that he is a Jihadist. A jihadist who is intolerant of other religions, a Jihadist who ignorantly wants to monopolise religion in the country at the detriment of other religions.
Public office holders should greatly weigh their statements as they are capable of igniting gargantuan flames of fire given that the parlous economic situation is making the nation sit on a keg of gun powder which can explode at any time.
It is sad that Justice Mohammed who is supposed to be the number five man in the country wants to relegate other non-Islamic faiths to the background in his bid to attempt to Islamise the hitherto secular nation.
How would he feel if a Christian jurist at the Supreme Court made a similar call for the constitution to be amended to better accommodate the Christian faith or if such a call was made by the Vice-President who is not only a Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, the nation’s largest Pentecoastal church but also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria to boot. What about if a highly placed traditional worshipper made such a call for his own faith?
The nation would slide into chaos if everyone were to act according to his or her whims and caprices. That is why there is the law which was made to regulate the behaviour of man. It is shocking that the public face of the judiciary which is the organ that interprets the law can descend so low as to be calling for the propagation of the ideals of his faith over others in a country where the issue of religion is so sensitive and touchy.
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