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Title:Problems of Desecularizing Nigeria's Political Order
Author:Opeloye, Muhib O.
Periodical:Bulletin on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa
Geographic term:Nigeria
Church and State
Politics and Government
Religion and Witchcraft
Ethnic and Race Relations
Abstract:Since the demise of the Second Republic and the second military intervention in Nigerian politics, the country has been in search of a stable political system. Muslims have been advocating the introduction of an Islamic system of government based on the shari'ah. This paper evaluates Nigeria's experience with Western democracy and the problems encountered under this system of government, and continues with an examination of the principles of an Islamic system of government. The author argues in favour of a zero-party system at the level of the federal government. This government should be entrusted to people who have distinguished themselves as respectable community leaders, competent administrators, and patriotic citizens. At the State level, those States which are more or less homogeneously Islamic should be allowed to adopt an Islamic system of government. Notes, ref.