November 29, 2021


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CAN seeks establishment of ecclesiastical courts in Nigeria

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has requested for the immediate establishment of Ecclesiastical Courts in Nigeria.

CAN made the request through its Chairman in Kano State, Reverend Adeolu Adeyemo, at the House of Representatives Public Hearings on the Review of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) taking place in Kano.

Ecclesiastical court is a court where Christian Canon laws are applied and are an instrument of judicial administration in the same way as Islamic laws are an instrument of judicial administration in Sharia Courts.

Adeyemo stated that Christians in Nigeria are of the belief that Nigeria should remain a truly secular state as is clearly enshrined in Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution by expunging all the provisions pertaining to the Sharia court system.

He argued that in the case where that is not implemented, the proposed constitutional amendment should equally establish Ecclesiastical courts to balance the existence of Sharia Courts in Nigeria.