The Elders Consultative Forum of Supreme Council for Shariah, Oyo State chapter, has called on the Oyo State Government to establish Shariah Court in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shariah is divine rules and regulations that bind all aspects of Muslim lives, and regulate their affairs in relationship with Allah and other human beings.
The chairman of the forum, Alhaji Lasun Sanusi, made the call on Sunday at a seminar for Independent Shariah Court Judges in Ibadan.
Sanusi said that the practice of Shariah would reduce criminality, promote good governance and peacefully environment.
He said there had been an Independent Shariah panel in the state established by some Muslims to create an avenue for entertainment of cases or settlement of disputes among Muslims in accordance with Islam Law (Shariah).
Sanusi said that the Independent Shariah panel required government recognition through the establishment of Shariah Court so that its verdicts could be backed by law and adhere to by parties.
The forum chairman said that the Constitution of Nigeria already recognised freedom of religion, adding that Muslims are entitled to operate within the parameter of Islamic Law.
“Our demand is that whatever Islamic religion entails should be given to us so that Muslims will know they have right to practice their religion in accordance with Section 38 of the Nigeria Constitution.
“Shariah is not all about killing as erroneously believed by some individuals and is not biding on non-Muslims,” he said.
The chairman said that sharing property, divorce and other aspect of Muslim lives should be in accordance with Islamic Law.
According to him, government has not facilitated the working of these rights which are already in the Constitution.
He called on the state government to establish Shariah Court since it has established Customary Court.
In his lecture, Justice Tajudeen AbdulGaniyu, Justice Customary Court of Appeal in Oyo State, said that Shariah Panel should be seen as a temporary measure while the ultimate goal was the creation of Shariah Court.