The Amir (president) of Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) in Lagos State, Mallam Saheed Ashafa, has condemned attempts by the National Assembly to pass Christian courts and Male-Female equality into law.
Mallam Ashafa spoke during the formal opening ceremony of the Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) camp, organised by the MSSN Lagos at Human Capital Development Centre (HCDC), Epe, Lagos.
Ashafa wondered why the creation of a Christian Court should currently be of concern to Nigeria lawmakers in the face of the numerous challenges confronting the nation.
He said bringing the bill to the floor of the House of Representative further confirmed the insinuations that many Nigeria lawmakers lacked focus.
According to him, creation of a Christian Court has no basis and capable of constituting a threat to good governance.
He said: “It is ridiculous to see Nigeria lawmakers waste our resource to deliberate on establishing a Christian Court and endorsing the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEFOD) bills.
“Either or both of these bills, it should be noted, will relegate the little progress Nigeria has made so far, destroy our legal framework and damage completely our value system.”
He added: “What matters most is shaping our environment and community to align with Allah’s shade. For Nigeria to develop, our system of government must follow that of Allah. We cannot stop suffering from the effects of recession and our policies will not beget favourable outcomes if we do not stop operating an economy that survives on interest – Ribaa.
“We have to apply Islamic principles of accountability, governance and law for us to witness economic rejuvenation. Government must also know that attempting to initiate certain laws is an embarrassment to this nation and mockery of the collective intelligence of the over 170 millions Nigerians in the country.”
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It will be recalled that a bill to set up the Ecclesiastical Court of Appeal in the country has passed through a second reading.
During the camping programme, the about 6000 participants got academic, spiritual and health lectures, and book reviews among others.