Politics South East Reps Reject Inclusion of Sharia Bill in Nigeria's Constitution


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The South- East Caucus of Nigeria's House of Reps has rejected introduction of Sharia in the Constitution, The Sun says.

Sokoto Rep, Abdullahi Salame, had introduced the bill earlier this year. The bill seeks to expand the jurisdiction of Sharia courts of appeal.

Chairman of the caucus and Deputy Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyema said a good number of ranking members from the zone understand that all bills seeking an amendment of the constitution “shall be passed for second reading” and refferred to the Adhoc Committee on Constitution.

However, it would be wrong to say they were caught unawares, he said.

He assured that there was no cause for alarm as a public hearing will be conducted on the bill.

“We have experienced lawmakers in the South-East Caucus who are waiting for when this bill will be debated.

“ We are not sleeping. We are committed to working for their people and this is seen in our contributions on the floor as well as in various committees, along with oversight functions”, he added.
 

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