Church Advocates for Inclusion of Ecclesiastical Law in the Constitution …As COCIN Council Meeting Underway in Jos
The 91st General Church Council meeting of the Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN has opened in Jos, Plateau State with a call for the inclusion of Ecclesiastical Law in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
COCIN President Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri in his message at the opening of the meeting disclosed that the present Constitution of has a section on the partial implantation of the Sharia law but nothing on Ecclesiastical law as according to him, the inclusion of the Ecclesiastical law is long overdue hence for Christian legislators to push for its inclusion in the nation’s Constitution.
He added that it is no longer news that the bill on the full inclusion of Shari’a law in the Constitution has passed second reading and is being studied at the committee level and advised the committee handling the issue to critically consider all non-Muslims who will be affected by this law.
“It is clearly unconstitutional to force someone to adhere to a law that infringes on their religious freedom”, he stated.
On the recent ban on the existence of a violent religious group in Jos, the cleric commended the Plateau State government adding that the move has portrayed the State Government as peace loving Government. He also commended the government for working hard to sustain the peace in the state
On the fight against insurgency in the northeast, the COCIN President acknowledged that though a level of success has been recorded resulting in the return of some of the Chibok girls, there is a lot to be done as according to him, people in Borno and elsewhere in the country are still being attacked in numbers.
He said “Also, Fulani herders are still harassing communities and disrupting innocent farmers or destroying the farms. Communities of herders have been overrun by Boko Haram members and are used as hideouts and launch pads for their attacks.
There is also a level of complicity by security operatives. If this war against insurgency is to be won, government must tighten up in these areas. Government must also genuinely ask why there are agitations arising from the MEND and others”.
On the fight against corruption, the cleric commended the Federal Government for the successes recorded assuring that as a Church; COCIN is in full support and will do all it can to contribute meaningfully in what termed “legitimate war”. He however, encouraged the government to be just and fair in its anti-corruption fight and to fish out corrupt officials even within its ranks.
Describing the alleged abduction, conversion and forceful marriage of young girls by some key leaders in the country as laughable, Rev. Dr. Datiri said such action by some leaders in northern Nigeria is shameful, barbaric and inhuman and called on the Federal Government to prevail on such leaders to do the right thing as civilized, reasonable and honourable persons.
Issues that will dominate discussions during the 5-day meeting include; the theme and goals of COCIN for next year, missions and evangelism among several others at the end of which a communiqué is expected.