The House of Representatives on Thursday says it has not passed a Bill for the implementation of Sharia law in the country.
The Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Chukwuka Onyeama said the bill was still before the House ad hoc committee on the review of the constitution.
“When a bill for constitutional amendment is brought to the House, it is forwarded to the committee on the review of the constitution.
“The committee will review it and present it to the House for debate and it is only when it is tabled that we look at it.”
He added, “You see those of us sitting here are not sleeping and you will see us on the floor when the bill comes. So, no Sharia bill has been passed.”
Minority Leader of the House, Rep. Leo Ogor, also said there was no need for Nigerians to fear.
“The amendment sought to these sections is to add ‘criminal’ to the existing jurisdiction it has on ‘civil litigation.’ That is the jurisdiction that is being expanded, not the expansion of Sharia Law itself,” he said.
Speaking on why the bill was not debated, Ogor said “the matter was not debated because the amendment is a constitutional amendment.
“It is on a matter that could be better handled by the constitution review committee.
“Debating it on the floor will not resolve it since the Ad Hoc Committee on Constitution Review will still conduct a public hearing on it.
“Those concerned will be invited to come and give their opinions on how the added powers of the court will affect them and so on.
“Nobody is expanding Sharia to anywhere. Members of the public should not panic over this at all.”