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Don’t smuggle Sharia law into south west-PFN warns lawmakers

While the hijab controversy rages in Kwara State, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has warned the National Assembly against a covert move by certain groups panning to use the constitutional review exercise to introduce the Islamic legal code, the Sharia law to the South Western states of Nigeria.

The body gave the stern warning in a statement signed by its President, Bishop Wale Oke on 27th May warning the Senate not to succumb to such agitation.

According to the ortganisation, agreeing to such agitation will further polarise Nigeria and plunge the country into a major religious crisis.

The PFN however advised the lawmakers to direct their energies towards solving the mounting problems bedeviling the country, urging it further to focus on securing the lives and property of the populace.

“The problems confronting our nation are enormous than wanting to create more. Sharia Law is alien to our culture of religious existence in the South-West. As such, nobody should through any subterfuge, bring it in so as to cause crisis” the Fellowship asserted

According to the body, the introduction of such law into the South West would pitch the Christians against their Muslim counterparts.

“We want to strongly warn the Senate and those behind this plan to unsettle the peace being enjoyed in this country, to desist before it is too late. Don’t instigate religious crisis in the South West. This could further threaten the fragile peace of the country,” the statement reads.

The PFN insists that; “The secularity of our existence which is devoid of any religious upheaval. It should not be tampered with under whatever guise. We shall resist this by every legal means at our disposal

“Without the Sharia, we have always lived peacefully with our Muslim brothers. We know that this is the handiwork of those who are hellbent on unsettling our country at all costs. But the good news is that: They have failed. As far as we are concerned, the proposal won’t fly and can never fly. It’s dead born”

The Christian organisation then calmed the frayed nerves of its members who appeared agitated over the development. It also assured those who have been bombarding the body’s leadership with inquiries that their interest would always be protected.”

It “implored them to always comport themselves by not taking laws into their hands, appealing that they make peaceful coexistence their watchword”.

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