Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called for the resignation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Muhammad Tanko over his deafening silence concerning the unlawful detention of Omoyele Sowore by operatives of Department of State Service (DSS)
The CJN recently called for the amendment of the constitution to include Sharia law and its policies. He also advocated that Sharia law should be taught in schools in Arabic
However, HURIWA condemned the CJN for advocating Sharia policies whilst neglecting important issues that concern the constitutional rights of the citizens.
The Human Rights association has hence called on Tanko to resign from the office of the CJN to enable him focus on matters of religion since his loyalties already there.
HURIWA made this known in a statement signed by National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss. Zainab Yusuf
According to the statement, “The Chief Justice of Nigeria should not and must not be allowed to use his national office to drum up support for his private religious codes even against the fact that he swore an oath of allegiance to the constitution before he became Nigeria’s Chief Justice of Nigeria and not Chief Justice of Sharia law. Why has Justice Muhammad Tanko suddenly become the chief Islamic warrior of Sharia law? Nigerians at this point in time cannot afford another over heated environment like we had in the late 1970’s when the first attempt was made as is been suggested by the current Chief Justice of Nigeria which the campaign for full sharia by the Chief Justice of Nigeria is capable of igniting religious conflicts amongst diverse religious groups including African Traditional Religionists, Christians, and Atheists.
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“We thereby call on the Chief Justice of Nigeria to resign from office so he can fully concentrate on carrying out his private religious project of campaigning for full Sharia. He should leave public office so he can very well set up his non-governmental office to raise his resources to execute his mandate which favours only adherents of his own religion. He is the Chief Justice of Nigeria who should defend the Constitution and work for free, egalitarian society whereby equality of rights are promoted and protected.”