Establish ecclesiastical commission for Christians like Muslims’ Sharia commission, activists tell Bauchi governor

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Establish ecclesiastical commission for Christians like Muslims’ Sharia commission, activists tell Bauchi governor 

By Charly Agwam – Bauchi 

A Christian faith-based organization in Bauchi State has called for the establishment of an agency it referred to as ‘Bauchi State Ecclesiastical Commission (BASEC) to enhance Christian jurisprudence in the State. 


Our Corresspondent gathered that the NGO, Christian Reform Volunteers Network (CRVN) is also a Human Rights Organization that advocates, promotes and protects the common rights and interests of Christians in Nigeria.


In a letter jointly signed by Barr. J C Jaman and Mr Mbami Iliya Sabka on Sunday, the organization said the act will go a long way to give the Christian community a sense of belonging. 


“Your Excellency sir, we deem it fit to commend your leadership style and good gesture in carrying along Christians in your people-oriented administration which has led to the promotion of unity, peace and development in the state since its inception. 


“However, we note with great concern the way Christians, especially indigenous Christians have been discriminated against and marginalized in the legal system of our dear state.


“For example, there is only one Christian High Court Judge and one Christian Magistrate in the whole State and the creation of Sharia Courts and Sharia Commission tend to favour only Muslims because, no christian has ever been or will ever be employed there.


“In fact, some Ecclesiastical issues such as marriage, divorce and custody of children tend to fall into the hands of non-Christian Judges who lack the Biblical/Christian knowledge of handling the issues, thereby leading to the miscarriage of justice.

“Finally, it is inview of the above that we hereby humbly but firmly demand for an Executive Bill for the establishment of the Bauchi State Ecclesiastical Commission which will promote and protect the rights and interests of Christians in the state without any prejudice,” they concluded. 


They further noted that their organization has interfaced and submitted a draft copy of the proposed Commission to the Bauchi State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in October, last year.

Read their Statement here:

Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, CON( Kauran Bauchi),
Your Excellency,
The Executive Governor,
Bauchi State.

Sir,

LETTER OF REQUEST FOR AN EXECUTIVE BILL TO ESTABLISH THE BAUCHI STATE ECCLESIASTICAL COMMISSION (BASEC):

The above subject matter refers.

The Christian Reform Volunteers Network (CRVN) is a faith based Human Right Organization that advocates, promotes and protects the common rights and interests of Christians in Nigeria.

Your Excellency sir, we deemed it fit to commend your leadership style and good gesture in carrying along Christians in your people -oriented administration which has led to the promotion of unity, peace and development in the state since its inception. We pray for God’s guidance upon you and wish you the best in your administration.

However, Your Excellency, we noted with great concern the way Christians, especially the indigenous Christians, have been discriminated and marginalized in the legal system of our dear state. For example, there is only one christian High Court Judge and one Christian Magistrate in the whole State and the creation of Sharia Courts and Sharia Commission tend to favour only Muslim because, no christian has ever been or will ever be employed there. In fact, some ecclesiastical issues such as marriage, divorce and custody of children tend to fall into the hands of Non Christian Judges who lack the Biblical/Christian knowledge of handling the issues, thereby leading to the miscarriage of justice.

Finally; It is in view of your impartial leadership style that, we hereby humbly but firmly demand for an Executive Bill for the establishment of the Bauchi State Ecclesiastical Commission which will promote and protect the rights and interests of Christians in the State, without any prejudice.

Attached herein is a proposed draft copy of the Bauchi State Ecclesiastical Commission Bill.

We hope our request will receive timely and favorable response.

Thank you.

Signed by

  1. Barr. J C Jaman
  2. Mr Mbami Iliya Sabka