Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Religious cleavage and political cleavage

The Muslim-Christian cleavage in Nigeria is being played out in politics again.

Nigeria's Sultan of Sokoto rejects gender equality bill
Nigeria's most senior Muslim cleric has rejected a new gender equality bill, which proposes that women and men inherit an equal share.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Mohamed Sa'ad Abubakar, said Muslims would not accept the violation of Islamic law guaranteeing men a greater share.

Nigeria's main Christian body has welcomed the bill, saying its religion permitted equal inheritance.

Activists have pushed for the bill to end discrimination against women.

Nigeria is a deeply religious society with roughly the same number of Christians and Muslims…

[T]he Sultan… added: "Islam is a peaceful religion; we have been living peacefully with Christians and followers of other religions in this country. Therefore, we should be allowed to perform our religion effectively."…

Lawmakers say they will consider public opinion before a decision is taken on which aspects of the bill to approve and which aspects to reject…

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