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Nigeria: Catholic Bishop Asks “Sharia was Supposed to Bring Joy, How Come Boko Haram and Bandits Have Taken Over"

Nigeria: Catholic Bishop Asks “Sharia was Supposed to Bring Joy, How Come Boko Haram and Bandits Have Taken Over"

MAY 11, 2019 2:32 PM BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS29 COMMENTS

The sharia advocates stonings, beheadings, the inferiority of women, the murder of gays, apostates, opposition to free speech, supremacy of Muslim believers over unbelievers etc. How could possibly anyone think that such abuse and strictures could bring peace? The misguided Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, thinks so. He asks….

According to the principles of Sharia, we are supposed to be seeing joy, happiness and equity and so forth. Well, those who brought the Sharia should tell us why Boko Haram and bandits have now taken over our country?

Kukah sounds more like an orthodox Imam than a Catholic Bishop. Groups like Boko Haram, the Islamic State and al-Qaeda are deeply committed to Islamic orthodoxy, but Kukah fails to see it. He failed to read Islamic texts that advocate abuse of infidels and are acted upon by zealous adherents; and he has been convinced, perhaps by the Pope of Islam, that normative Islam is a religion of peace.

“Kukah: Sharia Was Supposed To Bring Joy — How Come Boko Haram And Bandits Have Taken Over?”, Sahara Reporters, May 3, 2019:

“Now it is virtually impossible to travel from Sokoto to Zamfara by road because of insecurity in the country. In 1999, Sharia Law was declared in Nigeria, and almost all the 19 northern states joyfully, exuberantly adopted it. According to the principles of Sharia, we are supposed to be seeing joy, happiness and equity and so forth. Well, those who brought the Sharia should tell us why Boko Haram and bandits have now taken over our country.”

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, is worried about the mounting insecurity in many parts of the North despite the introduction of Sharia to widespread Islamic acclaim.

Kukah was speaking in Abuja on Friday during a lecture titled ‘Optimising Public Relations Strategies for National Cohesion’, which he delivered at the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

He urged the Nigerian government to interrogate the governors who introduced Sharia Law in 1999, on the emergence of Boko Haram sect.

He said the insurgents’ areas of operation are contiguous with the areas where the Sharia declarations were made.

“To create a much better, just and fair society, hypocrisy has to stop,” he said according quotes reported by TheNation.

“Now it is virtually impossible to travel from Sokoto to Zamfara by road because of insecurity in the country. In 1999, Sharia Law was declared in Nigeria, and almost all the 19 northern states joyfully, exuberantly adopted it.

“According to the principles of Sharia, we are supposed to be seeing joy, happiness and equity and so forth. Well, those who brought the Sharia should tell us why Boko Haram and bandits have now taken over our country.”…..

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