3 June 2021 By Kayode Oyedare
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has advocated inclusion in the ongoing Constitution review of an Episcopal court to deal with disputes within the Christiandom as obtained in the Sharia Courts.
The Secretary General of the Association, Mr Joseph Daramola who made the call at a media conference in Abuja on the presentation of CAN during the public hearing on the review of 1999 Constitution of the federal federal republic of Nigeria queried the establishment and functionality of a Sharia court in the Constitution since the Constitution said there would be no state religion.
Mr Daramola Said the association also convassed for Constitutional recognition of traditional and religious leaders to strengthen the cultural and socio religious leadership responsibilities as well as ensure security at the grass roots.
The CAN Director of Legal, Mrs Comfort Chigbue emphasized on the inclusion of Gender Equally in the Constitution ammendment where by there would be a constitutional backing for women to occupy some specific political positions in Government at all levels.
According to her, women should be allowed to occupy the positions of Vice President, Deputy Governor, Deputy Senate president and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives as well as the Deputy Speaker House of Assemblies in all states of the Federation..
While calling for the creation of more States , Mrs Chigbue stressed the need for devolution of powers to Strengthen statte and local government administrations in the country.
She lamented the negative use of immunity clause urging the National Assembly to remove the clause for the President, Vice President, Governors and Deputies for good governance.