Sharia Law In Nigeria: Can A Selective Imposition Of Islamic Law Work In The Nation?
Gilbert Enyidah-Okey Ordu, Ph.D

Originally, the radical Islamic movement in the Northern Nigeria was thought to be as a result of their poor socioeconomic infrastructures, poor governance, and the hatred for Nigeria’s interest in the Western lifestyles and education; their movement has interest in the Islamization of Nigeria as evidenced in the subtle and gradually submerged documents of the Islamic laws known as Sharia law in the 1999 Nigeria Constitution. This action is sensitively viewed as a‘hidden coup de-tat agenda’ in light of the rapid movement of the Sharia law in virtually all northern Muslim states in the nation. Why should the ideological Islamic legal principles of Sharia law (faith-based religion) occupy major sections of the Nigeria constitution? This is an indication of hidden agenda of the Muslim religion to turn the nation into an Islamic state.With great concern among Christians and the southern states, we surveyed259 Nigerians from various demographic backgrounds, to determine the degree of general perceptiveness of Islamization of Nigeria, the perceptiveness of Islamic legal ideological principle and its workability in Nigeria, the driving phenomena behind the imposition of Sharia law, the perceptiveness of Nigeria standing as one nation (in the midst of Islamic law), the perceptiveness of Nigeria as a nation at boiling-edge, political – economic instability as a result of Sharia law, and the perceptiveness of the Christian’s opposition of the imposition of Sharia law.The implications of the general legal operations of Sharia law were examined.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jisc.v3n2a8