Muslims in the South West region under the umbrella of Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) on Sunday asked South-west states governors to establish Shari‘ah courts for the people of the region.
MUSWEN made the call in a communiqué made available to newsmen in Ibadan jointly signed by Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni and Professor Wole Abbas at the end of its 4th MUSWEN general assembly held in Ibadan with the theme; Muslim Unity and Contemporary Political Challenges in Nigeria.
According to MUSWEN, the creation of the Shari’ah courts in the six South-west states, “is necessary in order to cater for the yearnings of Muslims who are in the majority.”
The body in the communiqué stressed that “these Shari’ah courts when established, would replace Shari‘ah panels being operated presently by Muslim organisations in the region.
On hijab, MUSWEN insisted that “institution of hijab is sacrosanct in Islam and cannot be compromised for Muslim girls and women in any part of the country.”
“MUSWEN further reiterates its commitment to hijab struggle not only in the South-west but throughout the country as provided for under freedom of religion in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. That the issue of hijab controversy at the International School, University of Ibadan should be legitimately pursued and that the Ummah should do so within the ambits of the law.”