Shari’ah and the Press in Nigeria
Islam versus Western Christian Civilization
Nigeria has the largest concentration of Muslims on the African continent-with an illustrious history having largely being founded around the residue of the famous Sokoto Caliphate, pre--colonial Africa's undoubtedly largest state.
European colonialists and the missionaries had since 'inheriting" what remained of the Caliphate tried to obliterate Islam from the area through aggressive secularization and mindless evangelization, attempting to "convert" those who already believe in One God. Their mission was obviously one of de-Islamization. Abolition of the Shari'ah hudud (punishments) at the on-set of colonial rule was the first step towards this de-Islamization project, which the colonialists thought they had completed by imposing the Christian-inspired penal code on Muslim parts of Nigeria as a pre-condition for independence. However since then the issue of Shari'ah in the constitution has always resurfaced whenever Nigerians decide to go for Constitution reviews or amendments.
With the latest return to democratic governance the amendment of the criminal laws of Zamfara State (in 1999) incorporating the Shari'ah hudud (punishments) confirmed once again the irrepressibility of Muslims whose heritage had been defiled and denied by the colonialists and their successors. The adoption of Shari’ah Criminal Legal code through constitutionally guaranteed amendments to the penal laws gave credence to the alert by a Sudanese intellectual who hid predicted that democracy is bound to free the oppressed Muslims whose fundamental freedom of worship had hitherto been deliberately curtailed by the post-colonial state.
The violent public
reactions to Shari'ah by Christians and Muslim
Secularists on the streets and pages of newspapers,
mainly owned and controlled by Christians is the
focus of extensive research in Sharia’h and
the Press in Nigeria: Islam versus Western Chritian
Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
who valiantly admirably attempts a content analysis
of some of the publications by Nigeria's anti-Shari'ah
Press that persist in the battle to obliterate Islam
on behalf of their patrons.
the Press in Nigeria: Islam versus Western Christian
Civilization traces the reason and nature of
the current debate within the dynamics of Nigerian
politics by exploring the relationship of Islam and
Western Christian Civilization in the West and
Nigeria, generally considered an appendage of the
Western Christian World. While Muslims insist that
Shari'ah is their identity, local representatives of
Western Christian Civilization insist on forcing
Muslims to conform to the Western Christian
worldview by subordinating the Shari’ah to secular
The book finds that
propaganda, fiction and bigotry rather than truth
and reason propel the Christian dominated Nigerian
press, leading to today's tensions that are a
creation of the monster media.