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Amend the constitution to accommodate peculiarities of Shari’a – CJN

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Ibrahim Muhammad, The Chief Justice of Nigeria, has called for the amendment of the constitution to accommodate more aspects of the Shari’a law.

DailyTrust reports that Mr Muhammad said this on Thursday at the 20th Annual Judges Conference that held at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

The theme of the two-day conference was ‘Documentation of Contracts in Islamic Law: Procedure, Sample Precedents and Practice.

Mr Muhammad, in his address read by Justice Muhammad Danjuma, Grand Khadi of Niger State, urged academics to champion the cause of redesigning the methods of teaching Shari’a law.

He said the implementation of his suggestions would be more feasible if universities give the Shari’a law its own faculty.

“As we all know, there are sections of the constitution that allow the implementation of Shari’a personal law and apart from that, we cannot do more.

However, we have the number to amend the constitution to suit our own position as Muslims,” Mr Muhammad said.

The CJN also highlighted the importance of the Shari’a legal system to the legal profession, saying Shari’a law ought to be taught in Arabic language in Nigerian universities.

“The Shari’a law should be taught in Arabic not English. There is no university in Nigeria that runs Shari’a in Arabic; they all teach Shari’a in English. So, academicians let’s also look into this issue,” he added.