By Henry Odeh
The Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA) has slammed the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, for suggesting embedding sharia law to the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.
HURIWA asks the National Judicial Council (NJC) to sanction the CJN for attempting to heat up the polity.
The organisation reminded the CJN that he swore to protect the constitution of Nigeria
The Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA) added that it is shocked by the statement credited to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, suggesting that parts of sharia law be added to the Nigerian constitution.
Nigerian Tribune reports that HURIWA said this in a statement which asked the National Judicial Council (NJC) to sanction Justice Muhammad before he would plunge the country into chaos or religious tension.
In the statement jointly signed by its national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and its national director of media affairs, Zainab Yusuf, the organisation described the CJN’s suggestion as self-centred.
The organisation further urged the NJC to stop the CJN from heating up the polity with his comment disguised as promoting an attachment to a religion.
It further suggested that Muhammad can be excused from office for attempting to defecate on the constitution of Nigeria as it were and for his negligence of duty by failing to defend judicial integrity, judicial independence and the principle of separation of powers.
“The Chief Justice of Nigeria should not and must not be allowed to use his national office to drum up support for his private religious codes even against the fact that he swore an oath of allegiance to the constitution before he became Chief Justice of Nigeria and not Chief Justice of Shariah law,” the organisation said.
It reminded Justice Muhammad that he took an oath to protect the constitution during his swearing in as CJN.
It further reminded the CJN that Nigeria is made of a diverse religious groups including the African traditional religion, Christianity, and atheists.