Nigerian state governor vows to fully implement Islamic law

By January 13, 2004

Nigeria (VOM/MNN)–The governor of northern Nigeria’s Kano state, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, says nothing will stop the full implementation of sharia (Islamic
law) in the state despite pressure both from within and outside.

The announcement came at a time when parts of northern Nigeria were in turmoil from a militant Islamic group attempting to establish a Taliban-like Islamic
nation in the northeastern state of Yobe.

The government says the uprising, which began December 30, has been quelled. At least two police officers and six militants were killed, and many were arrested as they attempted to flee to neighboring Niger. More than 10,000 people have fled their homes in fear.

Also this week, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo joined Christian and Muslim leaders in calling for peace and religious harmony in Nigeria.

The regular outbreak of sectarian violence in Nigeria makes it difficult for traditional evangelistic work to continue. Agencies like Voice of the Martyrs have begun training nationals for ministry in light of the security risks presented.

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