There is no room for the total implementation of the sharia law in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.
Speaking on a wide range of issues in an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera English’s flagship current affairs show, ‘UpFront’ on Friday, Buhari said the country cannot practise certain prescribed punishment under the Islamic penal code.
According to him Nigerian law does not allow for “sharia punishments, such as stoning and amputations, adding: “I cannot change it. I haven’t been voted by [a] majority of Nigerians to change Nigerian constitution.”
Buhari had pledged to defeat Boko Haram by December but also acknowledged he would be willing to negotiate with the group to secure the release of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.
“They have to prove to us that they are alive, they are well, and then we can…negotiate with them,” President Buhari told ‘UpFront’ host Mehdi Hasan. “We said it and we meant it. If we are satisfied that the girls are alive.
President Buhari, before becoming president, had been quoted as saying that he supports the total implementation of Sharia law in the country.