Controversial Sharia bill aimed at protecting Christians in northern Nigeria – Sponsor

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Abdullahi Salame, the lawmaker representing Gwadabawa/Illela federal constituency, Sokoto State, has dismissed insinuations that his controversial pro-Sharia bill is aimed at expanding the Islamic legal system across a secular Nigeria.

Mr. Salame said his constitutional amendment proposal is actually designed to protect Christians from wanton attacks in Northern Nigeria.

The long form title of the bill is: “A bill for an Act to alter Sections 262 and 277 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, to increase the jurisdiction of the Sharia Court of Appeal of the Federal Capital Territory and Sharia Court of Appeal of a State by including Criminal Matters and Hudud and Qisas and for other related Matters”.

Mr. Salame came under intense public ridicule on Wednesday after Nigerians learnt that his bill had surreptitiously scaled the second reading.

Christian groups issued strongly-worded statements reprimanding non-Muslim lawmakers for allowing the legislation to go that far in the parliament without challenge.

In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES Thursday, Mr. Salame said his legislation only seeks to alter the Constitution to give Sharia Court of Appeal the jurisdiction to hear criminal matters in Sharia-compliant states.

Mr. Salame said the two sections the deal with the court currently permit the Sharia Court of Appeal the jurisdiction to try civil matters only, saying the only way to strengthen the court for its purpose is if it’s given the constitutional backing to try both civil and criminal matters.

“I just want them to add only two words ‘and criminal’ to Sections 262 and 272 so that after the ‘civil’ there will be followed with ‘and criminal’ matters,” Mr. Salame told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Salame said his proposal only seeks to widen the powers of the Sharia Court of Appeal in places where Sharia legal system currently exists.

“We’re not trying to expand the Sharia as other people perceive it that we’re trying to take Sharia to other states that have not adopted Shari’a like Enugu or Abuja,” Mr. Salami said. “No, we’re not saying that we should expand Sharia. We’re talking about the jurisdiction of the existing Sharia court.”

Mr. Salame said, if accepted, his amendment will deter Muslims from continuing with their current behaviour of “killing Christians and other non-Muslims” upon any slight provocation in the north.

“When there’s little argument it will become ethnic and religious crisis. Many non-Muslims are being unjustly killed. People are doing injustice to non-Muslims by attacking non-Muslims just because they’re not Muslims,” Mr. Salame said.

“With the passage of this bill, no Muslim will ever attempt even to harm, much less, kill non-Muslims, because you know Sharia can attend to criminal cases and you will be dealt with. And, in Islam, when you kill a non-Muslim, you will be killed. These Boko Haram and other groups that hide behind any little crisis to attack Christians and other non-Muslims would be easily punished.”

Mr. Salami said the bill conforms with APC’s “Change” agenda because it will help improve security which is one of the party’s main agenda.

“One of the objectives of the APC government is to ensure peace and security in the country. This bill, when passed, will certainly improve security and a peaceful co-existence between Muslim and non-Muslims in the states that practice Sharia,” he said.

Mr. Salami, therefore, urged Nigerians to “put aside their ethnic and religious affiliations” and support the bill, adding that his colleagues in the House, especially those from Sharia-compliant states, are in support of it.


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  • Watch man

    That is it! One step at a time. Eventually the so-called secular Nigeria would become an Islamic state. Where are the business men that have besieged pulpits with prosperity and stay-well-in-your-sin message? By the time the whole country becomes sharia state perhaps they would relocate, since they have been largely mute. Nigeria we hail thee!

    • Tori Tautes

      shut up. It is a bill. If your Southern senators do not support it because something is wrong with it, it won’t become law. If they support for reasons they deem fit, you’d have to keep calm because they represent you.

      • Chukwuka Okoroafor

        You may not be aware that Sharia has been creeping in since 1979. This is a slow and gradual process and this bill is just another one. Also, you don’t think that Southern senators are not compromised and can be blackmailed into supporting this?

        • Watch man

          My dear, honestly those bunch of legislators can do anything. After all they have been misrepresenting their constituencies all along; and of course they owe nobody any explanation since they bought their way into that HOR with money and blood. As for blackmail, they do not care; you know they have no shame. The leader of NASS is an example of their shamelessness.

        • New Nigerian

          “creeping in” ? Muslims would not be Muslims without Sharia law, which is everything they do from what they wake up until when they sleep, 24x7x365. The way they wake up is Sharia, the way they pray, and even the way they cooperate for good for a peaceful co-existence is sharia. Has been in Nigeria for centuries before the white folks showed up. So the Christian supremacists mentality you display is abhorrent and pure bigotry

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            I don’t want to live under Sharia legalized at the federal level. This will destroy Nigeria if this comes into force. There is living Sharia in your personal life and there is making Sharia applicable by law to everyone, including Christians (even as they say that it does not apply to them). So what is Christian supremacist about what I am saying? And I am not from the PDP to clarify. At some level, if I were I would have some money in my pocket and my financial problems would be gone.

          • New Nigerian

            Sharia is legalized for Muslims at the federal level, it is how the British rule Nigeria even – did you miss your civic classes? or what have you being taught…did you ever hear of indirect rule in the North? Again what has all these got to do with you – it is simpler than you think. Supremacist comes in when you unduly make your opinion and your desire as a christian the gate keeper to whether a law for Muslims is refreshed to fill a loop hole in enforcement and beneficial to society. You have not demonstrated how this will hurt you – except to say, I don’t want others to benefit from what would be beneficial to them and indirectly benefit you (as it eliminates criminals)..and who are you to say that if you are not a supremacist

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            You can eliminate criminals with Common Law, can’t you? The Sharia that existed during the colonial era was regional. The one now is getting support at the federal level (if the new Sharia bill is passed and signed into law). That may sound innocent to you, but just wait until a new crisis comes and Southern leaders are at the helm (and blamed for it). Extending it nationwide will be voiced as the solution. Also, isn’t Sharia more than just a law? Is it not the Islamic way to live? People in Senegal for instance live by Sharia in their daily life, but it is not codified into law. Crime is low and society is upright. So, if it is that type of Sharia, this should not threaten anyone. As for your question of how Sharia will hurt Nigeria, take a look at the civil war in Sudan. Imagine yourself as a black African Christian or Animist and someone coming to tell you that you will now be a Muslim and Arab under the law. This is identity overwrite by force. Did that not destroy Sudan? Sudan split into two because of that. I do not want the same thing to happen to Nigeria.

          • New Nigerian

            No one is ever going to tell you, you are other than who you are under the law. Even if they try, it will have no effect. And “identity overwrite” can never happen. And Sudan is NOT Nigeria – and I ask yo, do you now think South Sudan is better off going it alone?

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            In Saudi Arabia, you are a Muslim under the law regardless of whether you believe you are Muslim or not. This will ultimately fail in Nigeria, but at what cost? Is it going to cost us Nigeria? Cost us millions of more lives (as if the civil war of 1967-70 was not enough)? And yes, South Sudan is a deeply polarized society (even as the civil war ends) and will be for many years to come, but the attempt at overwriting the identity of the South is what caused the separation.

          • New Nigerian

            Sorry buddy – can’t help you, if you feel conflicted about your identity and subjugating who you are with what someone else writes as law or otherwise. Good luck!

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            So with your senseless comment, it appears that you are just trolling me. Well, I don’t think that is a good profession to engage in. I don’t know about you though.

          • U. K. Charles

            Who stops you from your Sharia? No body! It’s there for you! It’s all about using your Koran to judge cases as it concerns only Muslims, isn’t it?

            So, why not just stick with that!
            Why try to incorporate Criminal Cases into Sharia Court of Appeal? And the dumb Salame feels it’ll protect Christians.

          • New Nigerian

            Did you say “Sharia Court of Appeal”? So what is your business with Sharia Court of Appeal if it tries Muslim Criminals and cut off the hands of Muslim “big men” who steal the common wealth?

          • U. K. Charles

            When Jagindi’s hand was chopped off by former governor of Zamfara State, Sani Ahmed Yerima, for stealing, has that law not been there for Muslims? Or is that law only for poor Muslims. Can’t this same law be applicable to the rich Muslims?

            Can’t you understand what Salame proffered as reasons for sponsoring the bill? According to him, it’s to protect Northern Christians. Is this not funny?

          • Goddey

            Good! Since you are clamouring for sharia which is regarded as an integral part of Islamic way of life, can’t you people also allow Niger delta people to have total control over their oil resources? What is at stake here is just pure equity. Have your way with your sharia, and let them have total control over their resources. If you people can manage to amend constitution to suit your needs, the same constitution can be amended to take care of Niger delta demands. The unreasonable dispostion and demands of Muslims will definitely set this country on the path of balkanisation. On the issue of “Muslims are in the majority” I wonder if that your assertion is evidence-based or an arm chair rationalization endeavor. From the way you write, i sense you are educated, and if i were you, i would push for better susstainable programmes for the teeming youths who are used as cannon fodders by the Islamic supremacists to further their political agenda a la Modu Sheriff. The mess created by one bigot is yet to be evacuated, another self seeking and fatuous bigot is planning another one. Can’t you people allow peace to reign at least for once.

          • New Nigerian

            Let us start with you..let the pick pocket have his way with your money, Resources belong to the federal government. No one is stopping the Niger Delta to control the resources they own – what y’all are clamoring for is to steal. steal. steal. Niger Delta ineffectual buffoon was put in charge…he led the grand theft of everything he could lay their hands on and those they could not…now he is voted out…you must continue to steal at the point of a gun…and the more you steal, the poorer the Niger delta becomes…//and the more you cry to steal more, using the depleted Niger Delta as further proof to keep stealing…you live to steal and you steal to live…so I ask you, what is your benefit and the benefit of everyone who reason like you, even to yourself?

      • Watch man

        So the best you can be is to start by pouring out the stench of garbage you are loaded with? Even your comment shows your unbridled and polluted ignorance. What a demented mind you have! The news caption is talking about legislators of HOR and not senators. I wonder whether you read upside down. And you think by keeping quiet those bunch of legislators will prevent the bill from becoming law? One day you will wake up from your amnesia to lately discover that they are not representing you but their pockets. After all was it your vote that took them their. You better emancipate yourself from psychic deception.

        • Mohd Sageer

          So what.. are Muslims not majority in Nigeria? the only problem Nigerian Christians have is that they failed to realised that they are minority in this country. Muslims have 63% of Nigerias population with over whelming majority in North west, North East, North Central and South west, while Christians only have majority in the less populated regions in the country. South east and south south.

          • Watch man

            I think your statistics is largely flawed except you are counting cattle and asses as part of your 63%. Even in Kaduna State, the Christian population is more than 50%. Middle Belt, North East, South East, SW and SS has the largest number of its population as Christians. Muslims are in the minority. And that is why they don’t want a credible census leading to the sack of Odimegwu by GEJ. Odimegwu’s sin was that he wanted to use biometric in the next census. Kwakwanso and his colleagues in the North rose against him and pressured GEJ to fire him. Are you not aware of this? It is a historical fact that Nigeria has never had a credible census from inception. All over the world, it is a fact that coastal population are usually higher than the population of the hinterland. But in Nigeria’s case the reverse is the truth. Although this news caption here is not about population, the fact still remains that Nigeria is believed to be a secular state and should be allowed to remain so.

          • Mohd Sageer

            Dont forget Muslims are not only majority in Northern Nigeria, they are
            equally majority in Southwestern part of Nigeria. So out of 6
            geo-political zones in Nigeria Muslims have majority in four (4)
            Northwest, North east, Southwest, and North central, while Christians
            only have majority in the remaining 2 less populated zones… So do the
            math by ur self

  • GEJ FOREVER

    BUHARI IN ACTION!

  • blow fissh

    The non-Muslim lawmakers were sleeping or jerking off while this was happening.

    • Tori Tautes

      you get the point. wise view

  • yorubaawake

    Very sad indeed

  • Yoruba Ronu

    All right thinking Nigerian christians now need to recall their legislators!They are worse than rogues!
    The only thing that they ever do there is steal and protect themselves!
    These chrisitan thieves are the ones that are sustainng this kinf of nonsense!
    We, all church goers should think seriously about going to have a fresh OCCUPY NASS

    Indeed these christian brothers are worse thn Judas Iscariot!
    Most pen – stealings in Nigeria were perfected by them.
    Please let their pastors remind them of the ten commandments

    • Watch man

      Do you think their pastors are better? As long as they are paying fat tithes and offering from their loot their pastors would definitely not bother. Even the HOR speaker also is a member of a mega-church, and of course his pastor may not even care. It is so shameful my dear that we have a bunch of business people there whose main language is steal, loot, steal, loot, steal and loot.

  • Tommy

    So sad…. Mr Senator, are there no government courts of justice in Nigeria again? If you aren’t a bigot or religious fanatics, why don’t you move bills towards strenghtening the government court of the lands?

    I’m just so disappointed in all these NASS… THOSE WHO ARENT THERE TO STEAL ARE THERE TO ISLAMISE.

    • TrueNja

      I agree with you. Why didn’t he moved Christian Penal law bill to protect the Christians minority in the North.

    • Tori Tautes

      shut up. It is a bill. If your Southern senators do not support it because something is wrong with it, it won’t become law. If they support for reasons they deem fit, you’d have to keep calm because they represent you.

      • Tommy

        I know who you are.. .so it will actually be foolishness to reply you

  • ayobamiba

    I warned this nation about the calamity called APC which I described as the axis of evil party in Nigeria. Yorubas put on their treacherous awolowo cassock to betray Nigeria into the hands of men who are heartless .in our very eyes as a nation ,the clock is ticking .May God implode,explode and crush this axis of evil party so that peace shall return to Nigeria again.

    • Otile

      Long live the semi Islamic Republic of Oduduwa.

  • Otile

    Long live the Islamic of Arewa
    Long live the Republic of Oduduwa
    Long live the Republic of Biafra
    Death to haters of freedom fighters.

  • Rumournaire

    Hear this joker called Abdullah Salame:
    “With the passage of this bill, no Muslim will ever attempt even to
    harm, much less, kill non-Muslims, because you know Sharia can attend to
    criminal cases and you will be dealt with. And, in Islam, when you kill
    a non-Muslim, you will be killed.”

    Really? As if we are not aware of how non-Muslims are being killed by Muslims in Muslim countries, and no law deals with them!

  • TrueNja

    Jihadist Abudullahi Salame, if truly you’re sincere why didn’t you introduce Christian Penal law bill?

    • Tori Tautes

      It is a bill. If your Southern senators do not support it because something is wrong with it, it won’t become law. If they support for reasons they deem fit, you’d have to keep calm because they represent you.

  • TrueNja

    Early in the year President Buhari was telling his Saudi Arabia host that Nigeria will be part of Islamic military coalition. Thereafter, Fulani herdsmen started invading non-Muslim states and now the introduction of Sharia law in all Nigeria states. There is no doubt, these are plots to establish caliphate in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  • newday

    NASS does not have the power to amend the constitution.. This one country , 2 legal systems, is a betrayal of secular Nigeria. We need to through out the 1999 constitution, which created this sharia mess.

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    If anyone is in doubt of the true intentions of this bill, read Failed State 2030 – Nigeria : A Case Study and read the report ‘Paths to Failure’ for specifics. They say that violence in the North is to decline and the Caliphate is to become influential in this. I do believe that this Sharia bill is to stabilize the North and protect Christians from violence. The sponsors are telling the truth on that. However, there is of course a grander strategy. This is yet another foundation setting bill (along with the Grazing bill) for Sharia to be in place by 2031 (maybe a little later) on a national basis. This will start out in the North under a federalized bill, but as soon as they put compromised Southerners in Aso Rock (and if a change does not happen before then, I believe that APC will zone the presidency to the South from 2019-2031), and a crisis worse than the one we are going through now occurs, the Islamists will come out and tell us that we need Sharia to fight corruption and save the country. Look at what APC is doing now in blaming Jonathan for the crisis we are in now (whether Jonathan is to blame or not). They will do this with all Southern leaders next. This will be their justification for imposing Sharia on the South as well and that will be where Nigeria splinters, possibly forever. We just have to resist and pray to God for him to intervene in the affairs of Nigeria, because these people pushing this are going to destroy Nigeria and everyone in it.

    • Watch man

      Your sound analysis is quite commendable. My primary concern in all these is that even those human beings at NASS do not even bother to read our comments here. Do they? I doubt!

      • Chukwuka Okoroafor

        Most likely not.

    • New Nigerian

      How much of the stolen billions by the pdplutocrats did you receive?

  • T-Rex

    Story that touch! As if the lunatics need any excuse to kill Christians!!

  • Factsay

    As if criminal law doesnt prohibit killing?
    These islamists are fantastically extremists

  • New Nigerian

    “Christian” Niger Delta Avengers are blowing up pipelines and PT wants us to believe a bill that has positive impact on Christians because it strengthens the law against terrorists who claim to be Muslims – is a red herring. To the emotional ignorant ones, the core of the bill is this – “Mr. Salame said his legislation only seeks to alter the Constitution to
    give Sharia Court of Appeal the jurisdiction to hear criminal matters in
    Sharia-compliant states”….every other discussion is irrelevant and should actually pass all readings and pass into law quickly.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      But don’t you see by your comments that you have admitted that Nigeria is now a dual system with parallel structures of government? That is what the Failed State report talks about and it is meant to have one take over the other.

      • New Nigerian

        Nigeria is more than a dual system. It is a multiple system and that is how modern states work. What failed state report?

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          In the United States, you have two legal systems but they operate at the state level. There is one legal system at the federal level and a mixture from state to state. Nigeria has this for now, but if the Sharia bill is passed, we will essentially have two legal systems at the federal level. This is a sign that one wants to overtake the other. You can type in google ‘Failed State 2030: Nigeria – A Case Study’ and read the report ‘Paths to Failure’ for a scenario written in 2009 that is remarkably playing out as predicted.

          • New Nigerian

            The US is more complex than that – some laws and edicts are County levels, even City level…even locality level…This is government of the people for the people by the people in action afterall. One example – I know a state that allows shopping on Sundays, and a county within that State where stores are closed until noon on Sundays….does that mean everyone in that county are christians – no, but the people decided they can accommodate that special request without issue…so my friend it is simply, live and let live …and everyone just need to lighten up and get along

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            Well, let us fight for a constitution and structure that will protect those rights in Nigeria.

    • debarim

      People like you don’t mean well for Nigeria. Why not strengthen the law that binds on Nigerians and make it function instead of promulgating law that is divisive and is not recognised by a large section of Nigerians. The Shataria law wherever is practised makes FREEDOM in its fundamental character its victims. You better not instigate Nigeria into a terrible situation it may not survive by proposing a senseless law that has nothing to do with human development and justice.

      • New Nigerian

        You are pardoned for your ignorance. But you’d not hold back others for asserting their rights. Good luck!

        • debarim

          Mr. Wisdom, what right are you talking about? What is your understanding of a constitution of a secular nation like Nigeria that will have to be continually altered to accommodate the whims and caprices of muslims in Nigeria? Are there not Ogun, Amadioha and Egbesu worshippers in Nigeria? Who told you they also don’t have religious laws they follow in their own different religious professions? must Nigeria accommodate rainbow character of religious laws without infringing on the common character of every Nigerian citizen which is fundamentally secular in nature. You guys if any are the ones depriving Nigerians of their freedom and rights by imposing those strange laws on others. If you can’t stick to the demands of the Nigerian constitution, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria are other options you can explore. I wonder why they are interested in accelerating its passage. Very insincere lot.

  • U. K. Charles

    This is balderdash!!!.This is rubbish statement from Mr. Salame. Even the man’s diction has exposed him to be an unlettered Islamist, who intends to gain credence from his Islamic ilk for championing the Islamic religious agenda. What do “almajiri” Muslims of the North know about Sharia Court trying Criminal Cases, when it comes to rioting and slaughtering those perceived as “infidels?” When in the real sense, reverse is the case.

    Non Muslims will hold Christian legislative members of the house responsible if such a bill is presented for reading again.

    Mr. Salame ought to occupy his thoughts with ways to uplift the living standards of his people.

  • Mohd Sageer

    So what.. are Muslims not majority in Nigeria? the only problem Nigerian
    Christians have is that they failed to realised that they are minority
    in this country. Muslims have 63% of Nigerias population with over
    whelming majority in North west, North East, North Central and South
    west, while Christians only have majority in the 2 less populated regions out of the 6 regions in the country. South east and south south. Yet anything that involve Islam is trying to Islamise the country, while they are busy trying to Christinise the country. I doubt if christians have Muslim population in this country will allow any Muslim to practice his faith

    • Ade

      Muslims are majority in Nigeria?? you are joking

      • Mohd Sageer

        Dont forget Muslims are not only majority in Northern Nigeria, they are
        equally majority in Southwestern part of Nigeria. So out of 6
        geo-political zones in Nigeria Muslims have majority in four (4)
        Northwest, North east, Southwest, and North central, while Christians
        only have majority in the remaining 2 less populated zones… So do the
        math by ur self

    • Oracle

      Joker

    • debarim

      Comments of people like you are enough to help ignite our minds against the dastardly intentions of blood-suckers like you. Who gave you such blind statistics about the South Western people of Nigeria. You arrogate 63% muslim to people who occupy the desert while unwisely decimating the populations of those closer to the coast. This is not census that you guys manipulate and if you think it is part of the Muslim’s plan to encroach on our constitution, then be sure you are in for a terrible surprise.

      • Mohd Sageer

        Dont forget Muslims are not only majority in Northern Nigeria, they are equally majority in Southwestern part of Nigeria. So out of 6 geo-political zones in Nigeria Muslims have majority in four (4) Northwest, North east, Southwest, and North central, while Christians only have majority in the remaining 2 less populated zones… So do the math by ur self

        • debarim

          You must be talking about another South West. I actually don’t want to engage you in this needless and visionless discussion. If you think Buhari’s presidency provides you the license to conjure numbers in favour of muslims and think that is sufficient to push any islamic agenda on Nigerians, then good luck to you on your folly and keep doing your maths.

          • New Nigerian

            Mohd is actually right from statistics standpoint and as far as the Niger Delta is concerned, Christians are in the Minority and I mean, seriously…so thanks to CAN and how it has conducted it’s affairs by over-playing the religion card, Nigeria is about to witness true democracy and that is a god thing for the masses.

  • Dan

    How it will protect Christians is that under Sharia the punishment for killing a human soul whether Muslin or Christian is death. In regular courts the case lingers on for years and even if a person is convicted the worst he gets is life sentence. This attitude encourages especially Northern Muslims to kill at the slightest provocation knowing fully well nothing may be done under regular courts at the end. With the addition of criminal case now under Shari’a the punishment is death and the procedure is devoid of legal technicalities as in regular courts. However if majority of Nigerians/Christians are not in support so be it.

    • sab

      When former Zamfara State governor introduced sharia in the state, many had their arms amputated. Many went to jail and other sorts of punishments. But when the (now former) governor was arraigned by ICPC over stollen billions of naira, he pleaded not guilty and walked away. Where is sharia in this or is sharia system selective?

    • objective

      I know the death penalty still exist under the Nigerian Law. If it doesn’t work now, what is the sensibility in thinking it will work when applied under sharia.

    • emmanuel kalu

      Then he should work on strengthening the criminal law we have now to ensure the death penalty used. we should not be making it easier to kill anyone even the person on death row.

    • Babagordy

      Instead of changing the law they can invite Boko haram people who claims to be expert in sharia to manage their bad situation

  • Oracle

    Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia all operate sharia law to great extent. If that hasn’t protected the Christians in those countries, tell us hoyou this w youit will make any difference in Nigeria.
    In Pakistan a Parliamentarian was murdered by his own bodyguard, he was only jailed, and not killed like silame suggested.
    Muslims are the same all over the world, and am yet to see a poor nation successfully practice sharia.
    What your people need is poverty alleviation programs; economic empowerment, whose foundation is knowledge.
    Silame, is it sharia that brought you thus far or education? When people are busy working and making ends meet, life becomes sweater and highly valued- you won’t want your life taken from you and you don’t want to kill as well. But when people have nothing to live for, life becomes valueless.
    So, mr Silame, pls add value to the lives of your people and watch crime rate drop by 75%.

    • Dan

      Good point and very matured comment.

    • JELEEL ABAS

      Correct observation, Oracle!

  • Oluola

    It was grazing bill. Now it is sharia bill!

    North, which way? Which way Nigeria???

  • North/West Allies

    Sponsoring stnpid bill, how about sponsoring a bill to protect child marriage, end hunger and poverty, quality education and health care? criminals

  • dimuso

    IF THAT IS THE INTENTION WITHOUT ANY OTHER THING I THINK HONOURABLE SALAME SHOULD BE COMMENDED, IT IS JUST THAT THE TIMING OF THIS AMENDMENT SEEM NOT TO BE POLITICALLY RIGHT,OTHERWISE CHRISTIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS SHOULD BE OPEN MINDED. THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT WANT TO CASH ON ANYTHING TO DISCREDIT THE GOVERNMENT{THE HANGOVER OF THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN}

  • Excisionist

    Again Premium Times is accepting comments favorable to Islamization but censoring and removing others. Is PT part of the conspiracy?

  • Tiity

    If it is to favor non-Muslims then why hide it?

  • International games

    These idiots are afraid of their young Muslims lynching them because they have spent one year in power with nothing to show for it. Now they want to raise religious problems to distract the poor uneducated masses.

    Is he saying that the death sentence in our Federal Constitutional Law does not kill people as well as Sharia Law? What logic does his need to add “Criminal” in Sharia make. Are we one country with TWO Constitutions? If you will give Criminal power to Shariah, you must give Criminal power to my Customary laws also.

  • objective

    A trap is being set. I am from the Middle Belt which makes me a Notherner and I know our people are too illiterate and vindictive for Sharia Courts to be handed criminal jurisdiction. Many Christians have suffered even under civil jurisdiction. A case in point is that of the Ibo man whose daughter was forcefully married in Zaria. Let us leave the law the way it is.

  • Excisionist

    Again Premium Times is accepting comments favorable to Islamization but censoring and removing others. Is PT part of the conspiracy? I dare you to publish my comment which you have been deleting . .

  • Excisionist

    ““When there’s little argument it will become ethnic and religious crisis. Many non-Muslims are being unjustly killed. People are doing injustice to non-Muslims by attacking non-Muslims just because they’re not Muslims,” Mr. Salame said.” PT

    From the horse’s mouth we hear this confession of the plight of Christians in Northern Nigeria. If nothing else, this confession is a positive outcome of this “Islamization Bill”. The international community should take note.

    Buhari’s two pronged islamisation program
    1. By force using Fulani herdsmen as foot-soldiers
    2. By political means
    a. using this kind of secret bill,
    b. flooding his administration with jihadists in all key positions.
    c. and forcing Nigeria into all kinds of international Islamic organisations

    Misplaced priorityWith northern Muslims at the helm throughout the history of Nigeria their priority is always Islamisation apparently to obscure their incompetence.. Their administration is always characterized by economic hardship, religious and political unrest.

    I wonder why they don’t just quietly go and form their Islamic republic and leave the rest of Nigerians alone?

  • Excisionist

    ““When there’s little argument it will become ethnic and religious crisis. Many non-Muslims are being unjustly killed. People are doing injustice to non-Muslims by attacking non-Muslims just because they’re not Muslims,” Mr. Salame said.” PT

    From the horse’s mouth we hear this confession of the plight of Christians in Northern Nigeria. If nothing else, this confession is a positive outcome of this “Islamization Bill”. The international community should take note.

    Buhari’s two pronged islamisation program

    1. By force using Fulani herdsmen as foot-soldiers
    2. By political means
    a. using this kind of secret bill,
    b. flooding his administration with jihadists in all key positions.
    c. and forcing Nigeria into all kinds of international Islamic organisations

    Misplaced priority.
    With northern Muslims at the helm throughout the history of Nigeria their priority is always Islamisation apparently to obscure their incompetence.. Their administration is always characterized by economic hardship, religious and political unrest.

    I wonder why they don’t just quietly go and form their Islamic republic and leave the rest of Nigerians alone?

  • emmanuel kalu

    kill the bill immediately. This president with his silence with a lot of things is really playing with fire. He was silent on the herdsmen killing until he was forces to say something. which then he provided a weak statement that means nothing. He is also quiet on the grazing reserves, and now this bill. is this man mission to start a civil war? Any one that commits a criminal case should be tried in a criminal court. enough of this sharia court. how is it working with those terrorist? how many of them are in jail.

  • NazirJos

    More than 70% of Nigerians are with you Mr. Salame. You already have our vote and endorsement. Go ahead with the good job.

    • Babagordy

      What kind of uninformed blanket statement is that. Nigerian law as it is criminalises murder and prescribed capital punishment for same so who wants your duplicity. You and other crazy mullahs are looking for ways to enhance sharia law in order to enable it to try crininal offences . However trying to do so by hoodwinking christians into believing you are protecting their best interest is the height of deceit and dishonesty.

      • share Idea

        How else do you think Buhari wants to achieve his Islamisation of Nigeria. He tried using Fulani herdsmen it failed, he is using NASS to amend our constitution to accommodate criminal matters. Does it mean that Muslslims do not believe in our constitution, that they will want a different set of laws for the religion

      • NazirJos

        And who told you that Shariah law is applied to non-Muslims? Sometime I, not only wonder, but am also angry with illiterates poking their nose about matters that do not concern them,

        • Excisionist

          Yes, Sharia law is mostly used to torment non-Muslims where they exist in that society. Someone has pointed out a case of Ibo girl abducted and forcefully married to a Muslim in Zaria. Because of their application of sharia law on the girl, her family is still agonizing and no one is helping them up there, not even the Nigerian police.

          Also check out in YouTube what happened to Cheristians in the sharia states after the Islamic sharia law was adopted. When lairs like you say that “it does not apply to non-Muslims, they are simplly applying “taquiyya” an evil concept not found in any other religion

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          But it will be in the future. It does affect non-Muslims in the North already. The Sharia that is being brought into Nigeria will be of the Saudi variety and yes, Sharia applies to Christians in Saudi Arabia as you are assumed to be a Muslim in the Kingdom.

        • Babagordy

          Sharia is used basically to force non muslin to live their lives according to islamic tenets. So non muslim visitors that get flogged in Saudi Arabia every day by their crszy police called mutawa for not going for prayer or those that get harassed by the sharia police in Kano are all muslims? I think you have problem with the truth that is why you keep wondering. Now that people like you have beheaded a non muslim in Kano let us wait to see the next kind of useless law you and your brother Salame are going to propose at the National assembly.

  • usman shuaibu

    I’m not surprised with all your comments because I know must nigerian are emotionaly in balance. You too sentimental to understand issues and their impact. If you like shout and insult this Honorable Man, I has done a noble job and for the record if PMB had not won the election you won’t have a country and time will tell you a hard truth.

  • Leonard Duke

    Is a member of the HOR not supposed to protect the Nigerian constititution? Is the HOR member in question not Nigerian enough to accept that the Nigerian constitution is supreme and has a provision for handling murder? His drive should be to bring murderers to justice under the Nigerian court, not undermining the supremacy and power of the constitution by claiming it is not sufficient enough with this bill.

  • JELEEL ABAS

    LEGALIZING TERRORISM
    “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off
    their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret
    this to mean a spiritual struggle. (Quran 8:12).

    Under Sharia, people can be beheaded. Which kind of people? “– “those who disbelieve”.

    Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion is all
    for Allah”

    It means when full Sharia begins in any place, muslims are instructed by the Quran
    to make sure they rise up and begin to fight non Muslims UNTIL EVERYBODY
    BECOMES A MUSLIM.

    Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and
    take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush,
    then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way
    free to them.” According to this verse, the best way of staying safe from Muslim violence is to convert
    to Islam (prayer (salat) and the poor tax (zakat) are among the
    religion’s Five Pillars).

    Under
    Sharia, muslims can be peaceful during sacred months like Ramadan etc. But when
    the months are over, they should go ahead and “slay the idolaters wherever you
    find them, take captives, ambush, etc…”

    This
    is exactly what the terrorists are doing in the North and Syria and Iraq.

    Under
    a full Sharia, Jihad is not just a religious duty, it is a business, a good
    commerce – of getting booty when family huosess and shops are raided:

    Quran (61:10-12) – “O You who believe! Shall
    I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a painful torment. That you
    believe in Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), and that you strive hard and
    fight in the Cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives, that will be
    better for you, if you but know! (If you do so) He will forgive you your sins,
    and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwelling in
    Gardens of’Adn- Eternity [‘Adn(Edn)

    Under
    Sharia, Christian and other non-Muslim neighbours of Muslims must live in fear.
    The Quran says: “Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal
    firmly with them. Know that God is with the righteous.” (Quran 9:123)

    So,
    how can this Salame tell us that his
    amendamen to bring Sharia to the criminal level is intended “too
    protect Christians from wanton attacks in Northern Nigeria.

    He said he is
    trying “to increase the jurisdiction of
    the Sharia Court of Appeal of the Federal Capital Territory and Sharia Court of
    Appeal of a State by including Criminal Matters and Hudud and Qisas and for
    other related Matters”. ‘Hudud’ means punishment for criminal offences. What
    punishment? The punishment already stipulated in the Quran and the Hadith which
    are the two major sources of the Sharia law. It is simply to legalize
    terrorism.

    The man said: “With
    the passage of this bill, no Muslim will ever attempt even to harm, much less,
    kill non-Muslims, because you know Sharia can attend to criminal cases and you
    will be dealt with. And, in Islam, when you kill a non-Muslim, you will be
    killed. These Boko Haram and other groups that hide behind any little crisis to
    attack Christians and other non-Muslims would be easily punished.”

    This is a
    blatant lie. It is taqiyyah – holy deception – that is part of Jihad! Nigerians
    must arise and resist this bill and kill it. This is not just for non Muslims.
    Well meaning and peace loving muslims in Nigeria must rise up to kill this
    bill. We already have enough trouble in the land.

    These are
    hypocrite lawmakers who will amputate a man for stealing a goat of N10,000 but
    will embezzle million and billions of poor people’s money meant for
    development.

    • Dabjuma

      Exactly, that what it is

  • debarim

    The entire sharia law has not stopped criminals being made billionaires where it is practised, it has not stopped unlawful killings of innocent citizens, it has not stopped injustice that deprived Christians the right to choose their religion nor to express it. It has not stopped Christians from being made victims of political, economic and social insecurity. You can deceive no one but simpletons like you.