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January 13, 2000
volume 11, no. 9
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NIGERIA'S CHRISTIANS FEAR IMPOSITION OF ISLAMIC LAW

Radical Separation of Sexes and Draconian Justice May Follow

    ABUJA, NIGERIA, JAN 12 (ZENIT).- The northern Nigerian state of Zamfara will introduce strict following of the Sharia, or Islamic law, on January 27. Citizens of this poverty-stricken region will face the sometimes severe prescriptions of this code, such as amputations for theft and public flogging for drinking alcohol.

    The initiative is strongly supported by Muslims, but has alarmed the Christian minority. Peter Hain, British Foreign Minister, told the "Daily Telegraph" that "North-south tensions could be exacerbated by the introduction of Sharia," since the north is primarily Muslim and the south Christian.

    It is expected that other northern states will follow Zamfara's lead in applying the Sharia. Ahmed Sani, Governor of Zamfara, assured that the measure would "reduce crime and restore morality to our corrupt society."

    Authorities have assured that the law would only apply to Muslims and "consenting Christians," but the minority Christian communities fear that inter-tribal relations will be poisoned by the measure.

    The law will affect all citizens to some degree in any case. Women will be banned from playing soccer, men and women will have to use separate buses, and motorcycle taxis will face prosecution for carrying female passengers. ZE99011121

          

January 13, 2000
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