CAN: Groups Urge Christians To Reject Sharia Bill

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The group made the call at a news conference in Abuja to voice their concern over the bill.

The FCT Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Concerned Christian Citizens of Nigeria (CCCN) on Friday told Christians to reject the Sharia Bill, recently passed in the House of Representatives.

The two bodies made the call at a news conference in Abuja to voice their concern over the deliberation on the bill by the lawmakers.

The groups argued that allowing passage of the bill would amount to clear violation of the provisions of Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Spokesman for CCCN, Mr Asuquo Allotey, said that any further attempt by the House of Representatives to deliberate on the bill would polarise the nation along religious lines.

Allotey also called on well-meaning Nigerians to denounce the bill for the sake of unity, peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.

He said “The proposed bill which is self-serving and divisive should be out rightly rejected. The bill should be avoided by all means.

“We, therefore, urge Nigerians, who have the interest of this country at heart to denounce this bill.’’

“It has the propensity or power to dehumanise all Christians in many ways in addition to the gross negative effects of the sharia law upon their lives.

“We believe that the time has come for all well meaning Nigerians to stand up and demand for the return of our dear country to a true secular state.

“We should have a country where every citizen enjoys equal rights and opportunities under our law,’’ Allotey said.

He argued that the bill was a gross violation of the fundamental human rights of Christians in Nigeria if passed into law.

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